NEWS — 10 July 2014

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The Lord Mayor of Dublin has said that residents around Croke Park have told him that they intend to contact Barack Obama to reinstate the Garth Brooks concerts.

Christy Burke was today speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland radio show, and said that as well as Obama’s potential presence that the Mexican ambassador has offered his services in resolving the matter too.

“A number of residents from Ballybough said they intend to call on President Obama to try to encourage Garth Brooks to play in Dublin,” Burke said.

“The Mexican ambassador contacted me yesterday to offer his services as on a diplomatic level if he could be of any help.

“He is available and anxious to introduce his diplomatic skills if needed, but as of yet they have not been required.”

Burke said that it was imperative that a resolution was found, as the fiasco has been covered on a worldwide level now.

He is awaiting a meeting that should happen at some point today between himself and city manager Owen Keegan, mediated by chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey.

“My offices are open 24/7, anything that is possible can be done. I think the nation is calling out for it to be resolved on all sides,” he added.

“By all accounts (Garth Brooks’ letter to Peter Aiken yesterday) was encouraging and positive as Brooks says he wants to play in Ireland.

“Hour by hour the goalposts can shift, and maybe we could move two dates to the Aviva without affecting the integrity of planning laws or Keegan’s credibility.

“The ship is on the way, equipment is on the way and personnel are on the way. Everyday there is a different twist and I hope there is a more positive twist today.”

To hear the interview in full, visit RTE’s Morning Ireland site here.

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