New rules to be brought in to avoid future Brooks-style 'fiasco'

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Garth Brooks and Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions in Croke Park
Garth Brooks and Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions in Croke Park

New licensing laws to be introduced will require event promoters to consult with their local authorities before advertising a concert in an attempt to avoid any future Garth Brooks-style fiascos.

The government has announced the new measures to avoid any future controversies similar to the one that occurred last year.

In the future, event promoters such as Aiken Promotions will be required under the new rules to 'pre-application’ talks with the relevant local authority.

Minister Paudie Coffey announced the new measures, which will require organisers to seek out consultative meetings with the parties involved. 

If event promoters and organisers fail to abide by the rules they will not be granted a license for the event to proceed. Furthermore, organisers who sell tickets for an event which has not been approved following pre-application talks will be denied a license. 

They will also have to apply for licensing applications 3 months in advance of an event. The local authority will subsequently need to make a decision regarding the event up to four weeks before the event. This will allow any appeals from organisers.  

Minister Coffey said last year's Garth Brooks 'fiasco' "hurt a lot of people". 

"The new regulations will ensure what happened last year doesn't happen again," he added. 

"These events also bring large numbers of visitors to our shores with significant benefits for our tourism industry."

The new "fit for purpose and streamlined guidelines" will come into effect on October 1st. 

The financial fallout from the Garth Brooks controversy cost an estimated €50m loss in revenue for the Dublin area, following objections from various residents groups living near Croke Park.