Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Tourism Timmy Dooley is calling on the Government to be more pro-active in trying to find a solution to the Garth Brooks concert cancellation controversy. A statement from the country music star this evening indicates he would be willing to play all 5 gigs at Croke Park if the “powers that be” can fix the situation.
Deputy Dooley said, “These latest comments from Garth Brooks put the ball firmly back in the Government’s court. Fianna Fáil has already begun a process which could see the concerts facilitated. I will be moving the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the Dáil in the morning, which would give the Minister for the Environment the power to overturn the decision by the Dublin City Manager and allow the gigs to go ahead.
“The Taoiseach has sought to deflect the fact that he has a role to play in this saga, despite being questioned by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in the Dáil. Given the latest statement from Mr. Brooks, the Taoiseach must be seen to act in the best interests of the 400,000 fans and the local and national economy.
“This is not merely about a series of concerts, Ireland’s reputation as a destination for international entertainment and sporting events is on the line. The Taoiseach needs to lead on this issue and I would urge him to pass this legislation.”