Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has described the Garth Brooks fiasco as a ‘mess’ after the final confirmation that the country music superstar won’t play any dates in Dublin this month.
Kenny made the remarks after Brooks confirmed late Monday that all five shows planned for Croke Park are now cancelled.
The American singer pulled the plug on all five sold-out shows after Dublin City Council refused a licence for two of them.
The move has stunned City hotels and business who say they will lose up to a hundred million dollars worth of transactions.
They also say the debacle has done little for Ireland’s image abroad.
Fine Gael leader Kenny appeared to agree in an interview with the Irish Times newspaper after Brooks made the announcement.
Kenny said: “I’m disappointed it didn’t happen but that’s the end of it.
“It was a mess and obviously for those who bought their tickets and wanted to see their superstar they were disappointed of course.”
The Irish government is to examine the law with regard to concert licencing in light of the Brooks saga.
And City Council boss Owen Keegan and four of his staff are to appear before a parliament committee on Tuesday to explain their decision.
Mediator Kieran Mulvey had met with Dublin City Council, Aiken Promotions and the Lord Mayor in an effort to save the concerts.
But Brooks finally confirmed on Monday night that all gigs are off and the 400,000 ticket holders will get their money back.
The country star said: “As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.
“So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by Ticketmaster.”
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin agreed with PM Kenny on the issue.
Howlin said: “It is a really unacceptable situation that people could buy tickets in good faith, make travel and accommodation arrangements and have all that taken from them.
“That’s not good for the image of Ireland and we need to do better. I am disappointed that some concerts aren’t going ahead from an economic perspective.”