Taoiseach 'cannot interfere' in Garth Brooks furore as singer says it's five shows or none

The Taoiseach has said he hopes that all five Garth Brooks concerts will go ahead, after Dublin City Council provided licence yesterday for just three of them in Croke Park.

Speaking in Berlin last night, Enda Kenny, said he could not interfere with the issue, but hoped it would be sorted out.

"Clearly the matter was a planning decision for Dublin City Council," he said. "They may be able to work out (something) that would allow the remainder to go ahead but it's not for me to interfere in any way with that."

Garth Brooks has issued an ultimatum in response to a decision to block two of his concerts in Dublin saying he'll play five concerts or none at all.

In a statement last night, Garth Brooks said it would be impossible to choose which shows to do - and compared the situation to being forced to chose one child over another.

He said: "For us, it is five shows or none at all."

"I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel," said Brooks in a statement issued through his PR representative, Nancy Seltzer.

"I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland."

However, he added: "For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another.

"However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."

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