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Promoter says Brooks made right decision

1 of 1 Brooks - Fans will find out today about refunds
Brooks - Fans will find out today about refunds

The promoter of the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park has said he has been left "shell-shocked" and "devastated" by their cancellation but that the singer made the right decision in not playing the three shows licensed by Dublin City Council.

Peter Aiken told Morning Ireland that Brooks would not disappoint 160,000 people by only performing three shows of the planned five-night run.

He also said the concerts will not go ahead anywhere else in Ireland this year.

He said Dublin City Council made him aware of traffic and parking issues that needed to be planned for but it was never suggested that five concerts at Croke Park was going to cause problems.

He told the programme: "This would have been a spectacular show and it couldn't have gone anywhere else... And we couldn't have done a cut-down version of it.

"He didn't want to leave 160,000 ticketholders out and I think he made the right decision, because all along I had told him that everything was going to be ok."

When asked what he would say to local residents who feel they had been railroaded into agreeing to the concerts, Peter Aiken said that he had planned for these concerts in conjunction with Croke Park and Dublin City Council, and the fact that the Council had offered to allow four concerts would suggest that they did not think residents were being railroaded.

Following the cancellation of the concerts, the managing director of rival concert promoter MCD described the situation as "a shambles".

Speaking on Morning Ireland, MCD's Denis Desmond said acts will be more careful about holding concerts in Ireland in the future, to ensure that there will not be a repeat of the current controversy.

Desmond said there was nothing wrong with the licensing system and he did not believe there would be an end to the practice of selling tickets before a licence was issued.

He said looking for five extra shows at Croke Park following the One Direction concerts was unprecedented and was clearly seen as one step too many by Dublin City Council.

Desmond said he was surprised Garth Brooks had not done the three shows that had been granted permission to proceed and then perform the other two shows at a different location.

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