herald

Monday 23 October 2017

Resident was 'paid €15k' and given a suit to help with injunction bid

THE CROKE Park resident who lodged a dramatic high court injunction application against the Garth Brooks concerts was allegedly paid €15,000 and provided with a suit to help him in the application.

Scaffolder Brian Duff (43) lodged the injunction application in the High Court on Monday in a bid to halt all five concerts from taking place.

He said that he was paid money by individuals who "wanted to take the GAA down" over the concert fiasco.

Mr Duff said the money was placed in a bank account early this week. It is understood that Mr. Duff's solicitor was not aware that Mr. Duff's case was being funded by other individuals.

"The money was given to me from friends of mine around the country. The money came from the North of Ireland, South of Ireland, East and West," Mr Duff told the Herald.

Mr Duff said he sought the money on Sunday while he was at a hurling match in Dublin.

"I said 'I'm bringing the GAA to court.' Garth Brooks was a just stepping stone," he said.

A source close to Mr Duff also confirmed that he was provided with a suit that he wore in court this week after the injunction proceedings were lodged.

The dad-of-four refused to identify who paid him the money but said the individuals are from GAA circles both north and south of the border.

But Mr Duff now says he regrets the decision, which he has claimed was made while he was under the influence of alcohol at a time before he instructed his solicitor.

Mr Duff was last night in hiding after he and his family were allegedly subjected to death threats.

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