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Ticketmaster delaying refunds process as Garth Brooks situation 'still ongoing'

However the Environment Minister said he’s not going down the road of emergency legislation.

TICKETMASTER IS DELAYING the refunds process of the Garth Brooks concerts until Thursday.

The company says that it understands negotiations to try and find a resolution “are still ongoing”.

Ticketmaster released a statement this evening confirming that the refunds process will be delayed until Thursday, July 17.

It said:

We would ask fans to continue to be patient and to hold onto their tickets for now.

The Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, says a period of calm is needed. He added that he won’t be going down the road of emergency legislation.

Emergency legislation will not solve the Garth Brooks concerts issue and may even jeopardise any concert taking place.

“Amending the legislation on which Dublin City Council granted the existing concert licence could open up all the concerts to a legal challenge and rushed legislation may not stand up to such a challenge.

It would only serve to make an already bad situation worse and bring further uncertainty to the situation. I will not be going down this road.

Deep breaths 

Kelly said that he believe this situation can only be solved by all the parties coming together in an atmosphere of calm and with all sides being flexible in their approach.

“If this happens, I would be optimistic that the common good and common sense will prevail as the distance between all parties is not insurmountable.

A period of calm engagement is now required.We have many other issues to concentrate on as a country and a line needs to be drawn under this controversy over the next forty-eight hours.I would ask all sides to engage with each other on this basis.

Never again 

The Environment Minister also added that he will be making moves to make sure this situations doesn’t arise again.

I will be taking firm steps to ensure we will never be at this ridiculous juncture again as it is not in anyone’s interests.

“I am committed to a carrying out a wholesale review of the way major events are handled and this will be progressed in the coming months as opposed to carrying it out in rushed manner that is in neither the interests of concert-goers, residents or the planning system in general.”

Three out of five ain’t bad?

Earlier today, Labour’s Joe Costello called for the country singer to make a final decision on whether he will play three of the five concerts.

It is time to take the quarter of a million fans who have purchased tickets out of their misery.

“The option is still there to play the three concerts now for which he has permission and apply for the two that were refused at a later stage.”

The saga continues…

Read: Thanks, Garth? Events licensing system to be re-examined in the autumn>

Read: Sorry, Garth: No sign from government of a new deal to save gigs>

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