LABOUR relations trouble-shooter Kieran Mulvey has been drafted in to hammer out a deal with people living near Croke Park ahead of the controversial Garth Brooks concerts.
Mulvey, chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission, has been asked to step in to help resolve the row, which started when stadium bosses announced plans to hold five Brooks and three One Direction concerts this summer.
Residents have threatened to take legal action if the GAA secures the licences to stage the gigs.
A written agreement in 2009 outlined that no more than three concerts were to be held at the stadium each year.
GAA bosses held initial meetings with residents and politicians last month, but after achieving little they called in Mulvey.
His appointment was described last night as a "significant step forward" by the Dublin City Councillor Nial Ring.
And GAA director general Paraic Duffy said:"We are determined to reach a long-term agreement around the staging of events in Croke Park."
However, Mr Mulvey will have a tough task securing an agreement between the GAA and residents, who have already threatened to seek an injunction to stop the shows.
It is understood that his role as mediator will span beyond the eight summer concerts and will also involve securing the agreement of a charter between the relevant parties.
In an email to politicians in the Dublin Central area seen by the Herald, the GAA states Mr Mulvey's terms of reference will be agreed shortly.
The GAA has said that it will hold a public information forum on the upcoming concerts on March 29, and it has also pledged to survey 27,000 residents about the gigs.