Five historic Garth Brooks concerts at Ireland's Croke Park are on the verge of cancellation after Dublin city officials refused to back down on plans to axe two shows he added at the venue.
The country music star has threatened to scrap all five of his dates planned for later this month (Jul14) if locals' objections result in the cancellations of two of the concerts, but it appears Dublin City Council officials are refusing to budge on their ruling, insisting the sold out gigs will prove too much of a strain on local businesses and transport.
In a statement released on Thursday (03Jul14), the singer wrote, "I have faith that will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. 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. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."
But city bosses remain firm on their decision to grant licences for three of the five Brooks concerts, stating, "We have been consistent (since it was confirmed that tickets were sold for five concerts) in informing the Promoter and his agents that the main concern was the impact that 5 consecutive concerts would have on the local area."
They add, "It should be noted The Promoter could have lodged the licence application at any stage, including before the tickets went on sale last February.
"Dublin City Council were not formally consulted by the Promoter prior to the tickets going on sale. It should be noted that there is no requirement for such consultation. There was no formal consultation with Dublin City Council and the Promoter prior to the lodgement of the Event Licence applications although there were a number of informal discussions with the Promoters Agents prior to its lodgement. Again our concerns regarding the number of concerts was expressed."
The officials' latest statement concludes, "A decision was made to grant the event licence subject to conditions, one of which was to reduce the number of concerts from five to three... It should be noted that event licence decisions made under the Planning & Development Acts cannot be amended or appealed."