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'No appeal right' over decision on licence for Stones Croke Park gig

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Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones plan a show in May (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones plan a show in May (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones plan a show in May (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Dubliners objecting to a licence for the Rolling Stones to play at Croke Park will have no right of appeal if it is granted.

The application for an Outdoor Event Licence by Aiken Promotions is currently with the city council's planning section which is considering whether to allow the May 17 concert.

People objecting to the stadium hosting a fourth musical event there this year have until next Monday to formally lodge their submissions to the council before the public consultation process closes.

However, if they are not happy with the decision of the council, there is no further action available to them, such as taking it to An Bord Pleanala.

When asked what procedures are in place for anyone objecting to a final decision by the council, a spokesperson told the Herald: "There is no appeal mechanism on the decision of Dublin City Council relating to an event licence."

Tour

This week, the veteran rockers confirmed plans to open the second leg of their European No Filter tour in Dublin. They want to play Croke Park in May before playing a string of dates around the UK and on the continent, including Germany, France and Poland.

However, given that the stadium operators have already used their three permitted exemption dates for Taylor Swift playing two nights there and Michael Buble performing in July, they must get another licence for it to go ahead.

Asked when a decision was due back from Dublin City Council (DCC), a spokesperson for Aiken said it was out of their hands entirely at this stage.

"It's when the process is completed by the statutory bodies, the DCC," she said.

However, a decision could come back as early as next month, before the tickets, which are priced from €71 to €181, go on sale on March 23.

A select number of VIP packages will also be available to diehard fans.

The council can give a decision any time from when the consultation process ends but must give a definitive answer no later than four weeks before the event.

If the concert does get the council's go-ahead, tickets are expected to sell out extremely quickly, given that it has been 11 years since the Stones played in Ireland.

The week of the planned show is set to be a busy one for Dublin concert-goers given that award-winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform three sell-out dates in the Phoenix Park on May 16, 18 and 19.


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