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Irish Parliament Officials Step In To Salvage Garth Brooks Concerts

Irish parliamentary officials have waded into the abrupt cancellation of Garth Brooks' five sold-out shows at Dublin's Croke Park in a bid to settle the highly-publicized permit dispute.

Irish parliamentary officials have waded into the abrupt cancellation of Garth Brooks' five sold-out shows at Dublin's Croke Park in a bid to settle the highly-publicized permit dispute.

The "Friends in Low Places" hitmaker pulled out of the concerts, which were due to take place at the end of this month, on Tuesday after Dublin City Council members rejected promoters' application to extend the original three-night run to five.

They had decided that three performances at Croke Park, a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)-owned venue in a residential area, would cause enough disruption for local neighbours and businesses, but Brooks insisted he would play all five or none at all.

The head of the Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, refused to bow to the pressure and as a result, the string of gigs were axed.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny even stepped in to set up mediation talks between Keegan and the Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke on Thursday in a bid to salvage the mini-residency and put a stop to the negative press, but the meeting was canceled for unknown reasons, reports the BBC.

Now council officials, GAA venue executives and concert organizers at Aiken Promotions are due to appear at a parliamentary hearing to establish how the Brooks comeback run had turned into such a debacle and find any possible solution.

Local politician and council member John O'Mahony says, "Everything that can be done will be done by the government in the next few days."

Brooks has also vowed not to give up his fight and has promised Aiken Promotions chief Peter Aiken he will "go to the last second."

In a letter addressed to Aiken, the singer writes: "I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now (over the axed shows).

"If there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged... then we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin... If you think for any reason that the 'powers that be' in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second."

The shows had been billed as Brooks' Irish comeback after a 17-year absence.

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