Ticketmaster delays refunds as Brooks negotiations continue

Garth Brooks fans hoping to get their money back will have to wait, as Ticketmaster has revealed it won't start paying out refunds until Thursday.

The booking agent said it is allowing more time for negotiations find a solution to the debacle.

In a statement issued through a PR agent, the ticket seller said: "Ticketmaster understands that negotiations to try and find a resolution to the Garth Brooks concerts situation are still ongoing.

"As a result, [we] will be delaying commencement of the refunds process until Thursday, July 17. We would ask fans to continue to be patient and to hold onto their tickets for now."

Newly appointed Environment Minister Alan Kelly is straight in at the deep end and has been in concert talks with Dublin City Manager throughout the weekend.

However, in a statement this evening Minister Kelly said emergency legislation to allow all five gigs go ahead at Croke Park later this month would "make an already bad situation worse" and he "will not be going down this road".

He's added that he's legally prohibited from interfering in "any individual decision made by a planning authority".

He also claims we have many other issues to concentrate on as a country and a line needs to be drawn under the controversy over the next 48 hours.

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