Friday 17 November 2017

Garth Brooks fiasco proves that we need a city boss who answers to an elected mayor

Garth Brooks at Croke Park
Garth Brooks at Croke Park
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

IS this how we want our city managed? The case for a city manager answerable to an elected lord mayor has never been more apposite. We have recently witnessed an embarrassing stand-off between an impotent lord mayor and an authoritarian city manager.

The wider ramification of the recent violation of planning legislation by Dublin City Council has collateral damage for our city and country. There was never any legal basis to grant licences for Garth Brooks' concerts in 2014.

Croke Park Stadium was redeveloped under planning permission granted in 1993 with a condition that: "The number of special events such as concerts, conventions or exhibitions shall not exceed three per annum." (Condition 11a of planning register reference number 238/92)

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