Croke Park management are to meet Dublin Central representatives this afternoon to attempt to come to terms over the concerns expressed by local residents at the series of concerts scheduled to take place in Croke Park this summer, as per The Journal.
Last week residents expressed their concerns at the proposed events at a meeting between them, Aiken Promotions and the GAA, with some corners even suggesting that the residents would consider protest or an injunction in a bid to put a halt to some of the concerts.
Currently there are eight scheduled concerts set to take place in Croke Park this summer - five by Garth Brooks and three by One Direction.
Local residents say that the concerts subject them to an unacceptable level of noise pollution and foot traffic in Croke Park's surrounding areas, citing an agreement signed by the GAA to limit concerts to three per year.
Entertainment.ie understands that the meeting descended into near chaos when Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna dismissed the agreement, allegedly saying: "Times move on."
At a further meeting over the weekend, the residents turned up the heat by agreeing to exclusively deal with Croke Park and the GAA through legal representatives only indicating that an agreement between the parties has some way to go before being reached.
Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald, who is attending this afternoon's meeting, remained hopeful that a resolution could be reached. Quoted by The Journal, Ms. McDonald said: "People understand that Croke Park by its very nature — whether it’s on big match days or when concerts are on - people travel through residential areas and that that causes considerable upset at times for local people."
She also added that it was very unlikely that any of the concerts could be moved to alternate venues.
Almost 400,000 tickets have been sold to the series of Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park, while around 240,000 have been sold to One Direction.