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Taoiseach: Garth Brooks cancellation a shock to the economy and our reputation

Enda Kenny claimed that the gigs could have been worth “a quarter of billion” to Dublin’s economy.

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TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said the events that led to Garth Brooks cancelling five concerts at Croke Park “appeared to have been very badly handled all around”.

He was speaking this evening in the wake of news that the country singer had pulled out of the gigs.

Kenny described it as a “shock to the system, in terms of the economy of this city and the reputation of our country”, and it could pose an economic loss to Dublin of €250 million.

“The point is that the singer involved here takes a very strong view of his integrity and credibility as a performer, as an artist,” Kenny said.

“I’m sure there is a great disappointment to his many hundreds of thousands of fans here.”

He added that even if Fianna Fáil’s Bill on the issue was passed, “it’s too late now”:

Mr Brooks has already confirmed he’s not coming. He’s not coming. There will be no concerts at all now. None.

Read: All FIVE Garth Brooks concerts have been cancelled >

More: What do you do now if you have a Garth Brooks ticket? >

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