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Peace breaks out in Garth Brooks Croke Park row

The row over the country superstar’s gigs has cooled after a meeting this afternoon.

PEACE HAS BROKEN out in a row between the GAA, Aiken Promotions and the residents of the areas around Croke Park.

The row centred on the upcoming gigs by country music superstar Garth Brooks.

Today, the sides, along with local representatives, discussed a way to break the impasse over the five-night stand.

Local councillor Nial Ring said that the GAA accepted that the announcement and early engagement with residents had been unsatisfactory.

“[He gave] a personal commitment to move forward now constructively and with the views of the local community being respected” said Cllr Ring who attended the meeting along with Councillors Cieran Perry,Christy Burke, Mary Fitzpatrick, Ray McAdams, Padraig McLoughlan, Seamas McGrattan, Lucy McRoberts as well as Ministers Joe Costello and Paschal Donohoe and TDs Mary Lou McDonnell and Maureen O’Sullivan.

Ring said that an agreement had been made whereby the locals will be consulted on the gigs.

“It was agreed that the GAA/Aiken Promotions would organise an “open information” evening or day and invite all interested parties.

Overall, the meeting was constructive insofar as a way forward was suggested and the views of the local community will be sought and hopefully heard, respected and taken into account.

“It was also agreed that the local politicians would inform Croke Park as to the representative groups with whom they should engage – including the Croke Park Streets Committee and representatives of the Handball Centre, notwithstanding the fact that the members of the latter are being sued by the GAA on a separate issue,” he concluded.

Read: Hopes for a peace deal as Croke Park calls in local reps for Brooks talks

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