Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Seamus McGrattan has expressed his disappointment with the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts.
“I am disappointed that an agreement couldn't be reached to allow the concerts go ahead
“There are no winners in this situation, only losers. These include 400,000 ticket holders, local businesses and indeed the local community which would have received €500,000 in legacy funding under the Kieran Mulvey proposals. There will also be a loss of local employment with the city losing an estimated €40m.
“The decision was made by an unelected official despite the fact that the majority of Councillors voted in favour of the five concerts going ahead.
“Licensing laws need to be changed urgently to introduce an appeal clause. Tickets should not be sold before a license is given.
“This situation also shows a need for legislation to be brought forward for a directly elected Mayor of Dublin City. This would mean decisions like this would be made by an elected and accountable person.”