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Friday 15 December 2017

Planning laws prevented sale of third Sheeran gig

ROCK promoter Peter Aiken ruled out a third Ed Sheeran concert for Dublin's Croke Park after blaming "crazy" Irish planning laws.

It came as the UK singer-songwriter, who boasts strong Irish roots, shattered entertainment records by selling out 160,000 tickets in less than an hour.

However, the Ed Sheeran concerts on July 24 and 25 at Croke Park will not be supplemented by a third gig given that The Script are playing Croke Park in June and Mr Aiken is still bruised from last year's Garth Brooks controversy.

Five sell-out Croke Park concerts by the US country star had to be cancelled following a planning dispute with residents and Dublin City Council.

Mr Aiken said the planning situation will disappoint some Ed Sheeran fans.

"We definitely left a show behind us. We definitely could have done another one. (But) there can't be - there won't be."

"I can't do it. I wouldn't go down all that planning issue again. It is just crazy."

"Hopefully the laws are going to be changed. We have met the Government. But nothing happens fast in this country."

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