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06th Jul 2014

Garth Brooks Update: Government Rule Out Emergency Legislation As Residential Protests In Favour Of Shows Take Place

"Out of these 27,000 households, 373 people objected to these concerts and I think it's about time the rest of the area got out and they spoke".

Today news has broke that the Government has ruled out enacting any emergency legislation to resolve the Garth Brooks’ concert debacle.

According to Breaking News a spokesperson for the Taoiseach said that the decision by Dublin City Council to prevent the go ahead of all five shows is a planning decision and therefore independent of Government.

Yesterday the Sinn Fein party called for Dublin City Council to allow all of the scheduled Garth Brooks concerts to take place later this month following a statement from Brooks’ camp on Thursday evening revealing that the singer would play “all five concerts or none at all”.

A protest by residents in the Croke Park area who are in favour of all five shows to be staged at the venue is due to take place at 2pm this afternoon outside the Stadium.

Susan Mangan, the protest organiser explained that the concerts will have extremely positive effects in the community, creating jobs and boosting local economy.

It is estimated that each of the concerts will bring in €10 million to the economy.

“There’s an awful lot, 27,000 households [in the area],” Susan said.

“Now out of these 27,000 households, 373 people objected to these concerts, and I think it’s about time the rest of the area got out and they spoke because the reason the area has been quiet is because we just thought the concerts were going to go ahead.”

Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions expressed his disappointment at DCC’s decision to revoke the licence admitting that he was “completely blindsided”.

Some 400,000 fans are left waiting for the final outcome, which is due on Tuesday.

Aiken told RTÉ News that changing the dates would not be an option due the fact over 70,000 International fans from abroad have bought tickets and already made travel plans.

“You just couldn’t move it, the sheer scale of this show couldn’t be moved. I can’t see any way around it,” the promoter explained.

Hat-tip: Breaking News.