SF to table emergency motion on Garth Brooks concerts

Sinn Féin will table an emergency motion at the Dublin City Council meeting this afternoon as the Garth Brooks debacle rolls on.

The party's Deputy Leader Mary-Lou McDonald told reporters over the weekend that she wants to see all five gigs going ahead at Croke Park.

Residents living around Croke Park, opposed to the Garth Brooks concerts, are due to stage a protest later outside the Dublin City Council meeting where Sinn Féin will call on city manager Owen Keegan to intervene.

Interest groups are also seeking a resolution.

Dublin businesses are holding a press conference this morning to highlight the economic cost to the city if the Garth Brooks concerts do not proceed.

The Licensed Vintners Association will be among those represented this morning.

Chief Executive Donal O'Keeffe, says the local economy in Dublin simply "can't afford" to see the concerts cancelled.

Concert promoter, Peter Aiken, said he will make a decision on whether the concerts will go ahead by tomorrow.

The GAA has remained silent but is due to issue a statement on their position some time today.

As it currently stands, Dublin City Council has allowed three of the five gigs to take place, but Garth Brooks says it is "five or none at all".

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