Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: withstood pressure from all quarters to reverse a statutory decision on the Garth Brooks concerts. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin sheriff not afraid to face down Ireland’s favourite cowboy

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January. The American country singer had planned to play five concerts at Croke Park later this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Owen Keegan raised concern about GAA affiliations of members

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January. Yesterday he referred to matinees as “half-assed”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Offer of day-time events does not contravene licence and ‘remains on the table’

A computer-generated model of the ESB’s finished Fitzwilliam Street head office redevelopment.

Proposals for modern development but ‘respectful of surrounding Georgian area’

Garth Brooks has said he will “crawl, fly and swim” to Ireland in order to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny if it means he can play five concerts at Croke Park. Image: Screengrab garthbrooks.com.

Dublin City Council had said it would allow two matinees to make up for gigs not granted licence

 Garth Brooks: believed to have watched a live webstream of Dublin City Council’s Monday meeting. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mixed reactions from local residents as hospitality industry left ‘reeling’ at loss

William Spense, Nial Ring, a councillor, and Peter Branigan, who opposed the shows, and Sandra Reid and Susan Mangan, in favour, exchange views outside Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda Kenny says singer’s cancellation could lead to loss of €250m for Dublin

The details of the hotel to be taken over by Dublin City Council have not been released. Photograph: Getty

Central facility will house 70 families who are staying in 21 hotels across the capital

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said he had reached agreement with the Aviva Stadium to stage the two Garth Brooks concerts but this was “ruled completely out” by Aiken Promotions and Croke Park management.

Council chief hopes singer will go ahead with three permitted concerts at Croke Park

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