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Sunday 18 November 2018

Liam's airport gig gets clearance for take off

Liam Gallagher will rock a hangar at Weston Airport
Liam Gallagher will rock a hangar at Weston Airport

Liam Gallagher's controversial concert at a west Dublin airport has been given the go-ahead - despite residents attempting to pull the plug on the event.

The former Oasis frontman is due to play in a hangar at Weston Airport in Lucan on October 29, with Annie Mac and 2manydjs performing the night before.

Gallagher will headline the Sunday night, supported by Cavan rockers the Strypes and Derry punk band Touts.

Some 5,000 fans are expected to descend on the airport just off the N4.

Olympia Productions applied to Dublin District Court for the licences to be in place from 6pm to midnight on October 28 and from 6pm to 11pm the following night.

However, the sell-out event was put in doubt when a group of local residents formally objected to the organisers' application for drinks and dance licences.

They cited concerns about traffic management, planning laws, crowd control and fire safety.

However, Judge Michael Coghlan held that the issues had been addressed and granted the licences.

He added stipulations to the plans for the gig, which is being organised by Festival Republic.

Among the changes are that all flights coming and going from the airport must cease at 3pm on both days.

An average of 30 daytime flights would typically pass through Weston Airport on a weekend day.

The judge also insisted that all fuel tanks be removed from the airport.

Judge Coghlan joked that he hoped the former Oasis singer and his band would not blow the roof off the venue.

Unhappy

However, he also told residents that he noted this was the first time the airport had staged a music event and warned it would be the last if there were any serious problems.

Garda Inspector Liam Casey told the court that he would be on duty at the event, along with four sergeants and 30 gardai.

They would prevent concert-goers from entering local estates.

Additional mobile units and garda public order personnel would be "all geared up" and "ready to respond".

Anyone arrested would be removed and immediately taken to Lucan Garda Station.

It is understood there will be strict checks at the entrances to the venue.

Weston Avenue resident Caitriona McClean said she was unhappy with the decision and felt there was no guarantee of sufficient fire safety protocols.

She said the group had not decided if it should appeal.

A spokesman for Weston Airport told the Herald it was happy the event had been given the go-ahead.

He said the airport had made a lot of effort with local residents and hoped they could have a strong relationship for future events.

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