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Garth Brooks Cancellation Might Lead To New Laws In Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland (VIP NEWS) — New licensing laws could soon be brought in for events in Ireland following a major review prompted by the cancellation of all five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park, Dublin, last July.

The sold out, 80,000-capacity shows, organized by Aiken Promotions, were scrapped weeks before they were due to take place after Dublin City Council granted permission for only three of the scheduled five-night residency. Brooks (pictured) insisted he would play “all or none”.

The Gaelic Athletic Association had previously agreed with residents that a maximum of three concerts would be held each year at the venue.

The Irish Examiner reports that the issues being considered by the review group, set up in the wake of the fiasco, include the minimum time frames before an event for the submission of a license application and the making of a decision by a planning authority on such an application, and public consultation arrangements on license applications.

Promoter Peter Aiken has called for event licensing laws to be relaxed to allow Ireland stage more major international music artists.

“As a promoter and as a business person, if you’re explaining the rules here to another promoter in another country, they think it’s a crazy set-up,” he said.