Monday 18 December 2017

Editorial: Lessons must be learned from concert debacle

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

Apart from being deeply disappointing to fans of Garth Brooks, the decision of Dublin City Council to restrict the country singer to three concerts in Croke Park has the potential to deal a major blow to the economy of the city. As the 'blame game' starts, a number of questions have already arisen about this debacle. And there is also now considerable doubt as to whether the concerts will go ahead at all, given the statement from the entertainer.

We hope, for the sake of the fans that they do – and also for the sake of the wider economy of Dublin city. While one must have a certain sympathy with the residents in the vicinity of the stadium, it also has to be acknowledged that it might have been better if they embraced these concerts – and used them as leverage to get an absolute guarantee of 'three only' from now on.

On the other hand, it does seem odd that Croke Park, the headquarters of the GAA, decided to go ahead with five days of concerts for 400,000 customers, without consulting the various interest groups that represent residents. The other question that immediately comes to mind is why tickets were sold by the promoters first, before applying for the license.

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