GAA 'should give €500,000 offered to residents to out-of-pocket fans instead'

Croke Park resident Peter Brannigan has said the GAA should use €500,000 offered to locals during mediation talks to compensate fans left out of pocket by the decision not to licence two planned Garth Brooks concerts.

The €500,000 "legacy fund" was recommended by LRC chief Kieran Mulvey, who was drafted in to mediate the dispute over the plan for Garth Brooks to play five nights at Croke Park next month.

"I don’t want to prostitute myself for the GAA dollar," said Mr Brannigan. "I want to live in peace and quiet in my own home. Let the GAA use the €500,000 in the Kieran Mulvey report to compensate those people to whom they sold tickets."

He also dismissed the statement from Garth Brooks that there would be now shows at all in Croke Park, unless all five went ahead.

"As for Garth Brooks saying it's five shows or no shows - that doesn’t even deserve an answer," said Mr Brannigan.

Meanwhile, Green Party councillor Ciaran Cuffe said Brooks was trying to "threaten" Ireland, and the five concerts should never have been organised.

"The planning permission for Croke Park put a limit (on events)…The GAA broke that agreement, and got greedy," he said.

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