Sunday 17 December 2017

City council's decision on Garth gigs is 'imminent'

CROKE Park neighbours are reserving judgment on proposals to resolve the row over five Garth Brooks concerts until after Dublin City Council's decision on licensing the shows, which could come as early as this afternoon.

Mediator Kieran Mulvey issued a report last week on the ongoing dispute, and residents discussed his proposals including a €500,000 legacy fund for the area and a limit on the number of future concerts at a public meeting last night.

After the meeting, Independent councillor Nial Ring said residents had agreed that discussion of Mr Mulvey's proposals will be delayed until the council's decision, which he said is "imminent".

Referring to the suggested €500,000 funding, Mr Ring said residents at the meeting stressed that "at no stage did the community mention any money" and that the idea "didn't come from their side".

He said residents are not opposed to 1916 centenary events being held in Croke Park - a possibility raised by Mr Mulvey - "with the proviso that the stadium be given free of charge for any uses in the celebrations".


Mr Ring told the Herald: "There was a huge attendance at the meeting which reflected the known level of frustration and annoyance that's still there.

"But it does come down to the trust between the GAA and the local community. People acknowledged that Mr Mulvey did a good job on the report and that it's a possible basis for a way forward."

A press conference was held yesterday afternoon by the Croke Park Street Committees organisation, who outlined their options if a licence is granted.

Committee chairman Eamon O'Brien said that if the council grants promoters Aiken Promotions a licence to stage the concerts, it would be "all systems go".

He said: "They probably don't think that we are prepared to go to court, but they will find out soon enough."

Solicitor Anthony Fay, who represents the committee, said that an injunction is now the most likely course of action if a licence is granted.


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