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The documents: Here's exactly why the Garth Brooks gigs were refused permission

Dublin City Council says two of the gigs have been refused ‘to minimise disruption to the neighbourhood’ around Croke Park.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has said that it would have been “unprecedented” to allow all five Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead as the local authority outlined the reasons for refusing permission for two of the gigs.

In the event licence, seen by TheJournal.ie, Dublin City Council says that the concerts are being restricted to a maximum number of three in order to “minimise disruption to the neighbourhood in which the concerts are due to take place”.

Explaining its reasons, DCC said that the scale, magnitude and number of concerts would have never been seen before at Croke Park.

The local authority received a total of 373 submissions from members of the public about the granting of the licence.

It also noted that three consecutive concerts have already taken place in Croke Park in May when One Direction played.

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Dublin City Council said in a statement that it considered all of the information submitted by the applicants – Croke Park Stadium and Aiken Promotions – as well as the information outlined at a series of event-related meetings.

“Given that Croke Park is situated in a heavily populated residential area, five shows in a row following on from the three concerts already held there this year is considered an over intensification of use of the stadium for the holding of special events/concerts”.

It would be in effect permitting an increase of 100% in terms of the maximum number of concerts that had previously been held in Croke Park in any given years since the redevelopment of the stadium.

DCC said that the “cumulative effect” on residents and some businesses in the Drumcondra/Ballybough area of Dublin of allowing five shows to go ahead – three of them on weekdays – would lead to an “unacceptable level of disruption to their lives/livelihoods over an unprecedented and prolonged period caused by concert-related noise, access restrictions, traffic disruption, illegal parking and potential antisocial behaviour”.

The City Council would also be concerned with the precedent that would be created if five consecutive concerts in a row of this scale were licenced.

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