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MEDIATOR LOOKS FOR A 'BINDING' CROKER DEAL

A HIGH-profile mediator appointed by the GAA to resolve the Garth Brooks concert issue between Croke Park and its residents says he wants a permanent solution to the dispute over the staging of gigs there.

Kieran Mulvey (below), head of the Labour Relations Commission, attended talks yesterday between TDs, councillors, government ministers and the GAA.

He said he would not be associated with any deals that were not binding. In 2009 Croke Park agreed that no more than three concerts a year would be held. This was breached this year with five Garth Brooks concerts following on from three One Direction gigs.

Independent councillor Nial Ring, who was at yesterday's meeting, said Mr Mulvey assured local representatives that "he was there to listen and get a long-term agreement with the local community."

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In moving forward and reaching a workable agreement the high profile mediator stated "he would not put his name to anything he could not stand over," said Mr Ring.

Meanwhile the GAA has delivered a three-question survey to 27,000 homes. The questionnaire asked locals for their opinions on the Garda cordon, parking and traffic around the stadium and the clean-up after concerts.

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