Brooks decision cannot be reversed says Dublin City Council

By: William O’Toole

Dublin City Council have said this evening that there will be no appeal over their decision to grant a licence for three of the proposed five nights of the Garth Brooks concerts.

In an official statement, the council said that they had kept Aiken promotions updated on their concerns about what impact five consecutive nights would have on local residents.

The statement was issued after a number of concerned parties had called on DCC to reverse their decision but under the Planning & Development Acts this cannot happen the council said.

The future of the concerts are still in serious doubt after the country icon said that it would be a case of ‘all or none’ of the concerts happening.

“For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another.”

The ongoing saga was discussed today in the Dail, with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar saying: “The way this happened at the very last minute is clearly unsatisfactory from everyone’s point of view and highlights the need to review the major events licencing laws.”

There had been hopes that the councils decision would be reversed earlier this morning, after some residents in the area said that they would be happy for the concerts to go ahead if the findings of the Mulvey report were implemented.

Hopes of staging the concerts at alternative venues now seen to be a non-runner with promoters saying there wouldn’t be enough time to get a licence for a different venue.

A number of venues had offered to take the concerts including Punchestown racecourse, which has the capacity to cater for in access of 80,000 people.

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