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 SINGER: Garth Brooks. Photo: Getty

SINGER: Garth Brooks. Photo: Getty

SINGER: Garth Brooks. Photo: Getty

THE GAA's hopes of reaching an agreement with residents over the Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park have been dealt a blow.

It comes after prominent local group the Croke Park Streets Committees Ltd described the negotiations as "meaningless".

With Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey to chair talks between both sides, a deal had been considered a real possibility.

But the residents organisation said: "While some have welcomed the appointment of Kieran Mulvey to get involved in creating a charter to guide Croke Park's dealings with the local community, all we can say is that we have seen it all before."

A letter was also dispatched to Aiken Promotions, which is organising the five-night run of gigs in July.

"We write to inform you that we are strongly opposed to your proposed application for a license to hold five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park Stadium this July and your actions to date in selling the tickets in advance," the group stated.

MEETING

"There was no consultation with our group prior to the announcement of the Garth Brooks concerts by your company," it added.

A public meeting has now been arranged for March 26, with a leaflet calling on locals to: 'Stop Croke Park Concert Madness'. Croke Park has planning permission for three concerts every year but announced, without any consultation with the residents, plans for eight concerts in the summer of 2014! Let's all get together & show Croke Park that we will not accept this," the leaflet says.

Residents say they have to put up with noise and traffic problems as well as antisocial behaviour during major events at Croke Park.

However, the stadium says it is doing all it can to deal with their concerns. GAA director general Padraic Duffy has invited TDs and councillors from the north inner city to a meeting on Tuesday.

A date has also been set for the public information sharing forum proposed in relation to the concerts. This is due to take place on Saturday, March 29 from 10am-2pm.

The GAA is also carrying out a survey among 27,000 households on the concerts' impact.

COMURPHY@HERALD.IE


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