Tipperary’s new Labour Deputy Leader and Environment and Local Government Minister Mr Alan Kelly, is understood to be intervening in the Garth Brooks debacle, in an attempt to broker a new deal that would allow all five concerts to continue at Croke Park.
A new small glimmer of hope emerges that those negotiating the five concerts may now find a common bargaining chip, has come about since it emerged that almost 40% of submissions, sent by local residents, latter objecting to the July Garth Brooks’ Croke Park concerts, are in fact bogus. To this end a criminal investigation in Dublin’s north inner city is now under way.
Some 380 objections to the five planned concerts forwarded to Dublin City Council while it sat to consider the concert licence issue, had become central to the local authority’s eventual decision to allow only three concerts to proceed.
Detective Gardaí are understood have called to at least a third of the 380 householders who allegedly lodged complaints against the concerts, to discovered that at least 35%c of same had no knowledge of any planning objections being sent forward in their names. Fraudsters behind some lodged complaints stooped so low as to use the identities of people with intellectual disabilities, in their efforts to have the July concerts cancelled.
A statement regarding this ongoing saga is expected to emerge during the coming week.