The Irish government is under pressure to save a series of shows by the country and western singer
Five sell-out concerts by Brooks were scheduled to be held at the end of this month at the 80,000-capacity
But threats of legal action by residents near the ground and then the intervention of
Even while part of his vast stage equipment is crossing the Atlantic, Brooks has said it is "all five or nothing". Cancelling two out of the five concerts would mean 160,000 fans would have to be refunded.
The will-he-won't-he controversy over Brooks's gigs has dominated the news agenda in
It was the first issue raised in questions to the deputy prime minister on Thursday. Yesterday the Fine Gael-Labour coalition announced that a special Irish parliamentary committee set up to solve the row had been postponed.
Brooks has rejected a compromise proposal from the council which would have allowed two matinee shows before the three night-time gigs starting on 25 July. Ruling out playing two concerts on Saturday and Sunday
While people living in and around
It is estimated that the influx of tens of thousands of country music fans into the city will generate up to
More than 400,000 people have bought tickets for the shows - in a country of less than five million - and almost every hotel and B&B in the city was fully booked before the concerts came under threat.
Country and Western star
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