Ticketmaster delays refunds for Garth Brooks concerts

Still hope for Croke Park gigs to go ahead at the end of the month, says Tánaiste

Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 17:55

Ticketmaster has delayed refunds for Garth Brooks tickets until next Thursday as negotiations continue for the concerts to go ahead in two weeks.

The company said as talks continued in an attempt to find a resolution were ongoing, automatic refunds would not begin on Tuesday as originally planned.

“We would ask fans to continue to be patient and to hold onto their tickets for now,” the statement said.

Discussions are understood to be continuing over a possible compromise, although neither Dublin City Council nor the promoters behind the concerts were prepared to comment yesterday.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said yesterday he was legally precluded from intervening , but called on all sides to come together in an “atmosphere of calm”.

“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,” he said.

Emergency legisation was not an option, he added, on the basis that rushed amendments may not stand up to legal challenge and could jeopardise all the concerts.

“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,” he said.

Separately, he said he will carry out a review of the way major events are handled over the coming months to avoid a repeat of the current controversy.

“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,” he said.

Earlier, Tánaiste Joan Burton said there was a “window of possibility” in reaching an agreement over the staging of the Brooks concerts at the end of the month.

The Labour Party leader said there was an indication that some of the residents names used in the objections against granting the licences “were not in fact properly consulted or their names were used without their knowledge”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics today, Ms Burton said she would like to see the country and western singer come to play his shows in Ireland.

She said she would be asking Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to have a look at the laws in relation to the licensing of events. “I think it does need to be updated,” she said.

Fans of Brooks took the streets of Dublin on Saturday in protest against the cancellation of his concerts at Croke Park.