Okay so admittedly I'm somewhat under-qualified to comment on the entire Garth Brooks concerts debacle that has unfolded since yesterday. It has IMHO been a totally avoidable scenario. The fall out today has see many residents take a very predictable action of petitioning to reinstate all 5 nights. There seems to have developed a situation where-by the loudest voices were heard, but the silent majority (again) goes unrepresented.
I can obviously appreciate the inconvenience and a certain lack of regard for the locals, given that it appears there was insufficient negotiation on the issue before announcement but was this the correct course of action? I truly believe that An Bord Pleanala should have taken the path of least resistance on this issue, which would have been to allow the planned nights to go ahead and instruct that future events be approached with much greater planning and execution, opening up formal consultative channels between the community affected and the GAA/Promoters.
The fall out of this on the world stage is absolutely horrendous. It seems petty and unreasonable. It portrays Ireland as a tough place to do business, which is not the case. Apart from the economic issues which I believe are obvious to all, the message this sends to the wider audience, especially considering the mixed opinions and reactions of the community involved, is that if you shout loud enough you can get anything you want here regardless of whether or not the majority are in favour.
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