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Croke Park residents want GAA and Aiken prosecuted over Garth Brooks gigs

Eamon O’Brien, the chairman of the Croke Park Streets Committees says that the association and Aiken are “acting as if they are above the law”.

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
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A GROUP OF residents from the area around Croke Park are to ask gardaí to prosecute the GAA and Aiken Promotions.

The residents are to hand letters in to the acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan that ask for criminal proceedings because the country superstar’s gigs are being promoted before the licence has been awarded.

Eamon O’Brien, the chairman of the Croke Park Streets Committees says that the association and Aiken are “acting as if they are above the law”.

He says that the gigs should not be promoted while a licence has not been awarded.

“These people should have to comply with the law. They shouldn’t be able to take €24 million from the public with no guarantees for where the money is going.”

He said that residents were looking at High Court action even if criminal proceedings are carried out, adding that he believed Garth Brooks could “play wherever he wants in Ireland”.

“There’s no point having laws if people aren’t respecting them.”

Legal sources say that the system of promoting gigs without a licence is common practice because of how long the process of attaining a licence is.

An Aiken Promotions spokesperson did not reply to a request for comment.

The GAA declined to comment.

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