Government to review concert licensing system

Monday 14 July 2014 10.40
Negotiations still under way over series of concerts by country star Garth Brooks
Negotiations still under way over series of concerts by country star Garth Brooks

The Department of the Environment has announced a review of the concert licensing system in the wake of the controversy over the Garth Brooks concerts.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke and Tánaiste Joan Burton both raised the possibility today of the concerts going ahead.

In a statement this evening, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: "I am committed to a carrying out a wholesale review of the way major events are handled."

He said this would be progressed in the coming months, "as opposed to carrying it out in rushed manner that is in neither the interests of concert-goers, residents or the planning system in general".

"I believe this situation can only be solved by all the parties coming together in an atmosphere of calm and with all sides being flexible in their approach.

“If this happens, I would be optimistic that the common good and common sense will prevail as the distance between all parties is not insurmountable."

Meanwhile, contacts between all sides in the concert dispute continued this weekend.

Mr Burke said he believes some progress has been made in reaching an agreement over the staging of the concerts.

Mr Burke said talks were ongoing between the Department of the Environment and City Manager Owen Keegan, while there was also some breathing space with refunds from Ticketmaster.

Meanwhile Ms Burton said there may be a window of possibility in reaching an agreement over the five performances. 

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