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Croke Park area residents could take injunction over summer events

A spokesperson from the Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents Association said today that locals are examining their options.

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RESIDENTS IN THE Croke Park area are said to be considering an injunction over summer concerts due to be held at the stadium.

It was announced today that Garth Brooks is to play a fifth gig at the venue, two more dates than originally anticipated.

Speaking on Newstalk today, Patrick Gates from the Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents Association said that the locals feel like they have been “let down” by politicians, council officials and gardaí over the disruption caused by events at Croke Park over the past 20 years.

He said that there is “the possibility of taking an injunction”, of having the concert stopped, or of asking for the licence not to be approved, or at least major restrictions put on the concerts.

“We don’t want our community locked down for five days,” he said.

As well as Garth Brooks, One Direction are also due to play multiple concerts, while an American Football game is also due to take place at Croke Park during the summer.

Fianna Fáil candidate for the North Inner City, Brian Mohan, urged the operators of Croke Park to “respect the concerns of local residents”.

He said he is looking for answers as to “how permission has been given to hold these extra dates, without any consultation with local residents.”

Mohan said that “many residents around Croke Villas and the Clonliffe area find it extremely difficult during these events”, and that while the gigs may bring a financial boost to local businesses, “the residents’ issues need to be respected”.

A major issue for locals is parking when events are taking place at Croke Park, he said.

A newsletter was sent to residents from today, saying that Croke Park Stadium is working with Aiken Promotions and local residents “to identify a specific legacy initiative for the local community following the Garth Brooks concerts”.

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