Dublin City Council: full statement on Garth Brooks concerts

Authority says it expressed concern to promoter over number of events planned at Croke Park

Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 20:07

On the 3rd of June 2014 at Dublin City Council’s request a meeting was held with the promoter and venue management relating to the production/build/decommissioning of structures schedule that was received with the application on the 17th of April 2014

On the 11th of June 2014 a meeting was held to discuss traffic management and transportation in the context of a review of the 1 Direction concerts and also to discuss the transport arrangements, and the promoter’s traffic management/ transportation proposals for the Garth Brooks concerts.

Statutory meetings (this is a formal meeting of agencies and bodies including promoters and venue management) were held on the 16th of June 2014 and 24th of June 2014 at the request of Dublin City Council. The purpose of these meetings was to get an update on the application and arrangements for the proposed concerts if licensed and to discuss issues raised in the submissions/observations.

Dublin City Council planning department made it clear at these meetings no decision had been made on the application at that time. Dublin City Council stated at both meetings that its most serious concern was the number of shows proposed and the impact on people living in the area.

The draft event management plan received on the 17th of April 2014 was updated at the request of Dublin City Council…to incorporate the most up to date information, following the series of meetings as outlined above on the 3rd of June 2014, 11th of June 2014, 16th of June 2014 and the 24th of June 2014 and prior to a decision being made on the application. The applicants, at the request of Dublin City Council, also sent in a detailed letter on the 20th of June 2014 outlining mitigation measures proposed to deal with a number of key issues raised in the submissions and observations that were received on the application.

Dublin City Council must have regard to the following when making its decision;

1. The documents including the plans and particulars submitted by the applicant including any required revisions to the draft event management plan;

2. Any documents, correspondence, plans and particulars submitted by statutory agencies and bodies with regard to the draft event management plan;

3. All submissions and observations from members of the public;

4. The information highlighted/exchanged at the above mentioned meetings.

Having regard to the above, a decision was made to grant the event licence subject to conditions, one of which was to reduce the number of concerts from five to three.

As the licensing authority, Dublin City Council must adhere to the procedures laid down in the attendant Planning Act and Regulations. The decision to grant or refuse an event licence is made by senior management in DCC’s planning department, to whom those powers have been delegated by the chief executive. As with all major applications, decisions are not made lightly and are done so in consultation with other members of senior management.

It should be noted that event licence decisions made under the Planning & Development Acts cannot be amended or appealed.