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Could FG senator's 'free hotels for objectors' plan be solution to Garth Brooks saga?

I could have missed the pain…

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A WEXFORD SENATOR and a Carlow hotel manager think they might have come up with a solution to the Garth Brooks debacle.

Fine Gael senator Michael D’Arcy has said this evening that he’s involved with a plan to offer free accommodation to the 300 Croke Park residents who objected to the concerts.

D’Arcy said in a press release that “a group of hoteliers in the South East [...] are offering to provide hotel accommodation for 300 Croke Park residents for the five nights”.

The senator told DailyEdge.ie that this is a legitimate, available offer and something which the residents should consider.

He did acknowledge that the plan couldn’t be implemented:

… until we were satisfied that we could accommodate 300 people.

Aaaaand that’s where we hit our first snag.

How many rooms?

DailyEdge.ie spoke to the general manager of the one hotel identified by Mr D’Arcy as being on board with the plan.

Colin Duggan, of the Woodford Dolmen in Carlow said that hotels around the country could step in to help and provide some sort of remedy by providing a free break away from Croke Park for the residents.

However his is the only hotel on board at the moment, and they only have 20 rooms to offer for the five days. Twenty rooms, with complimentary bed and breakfast.


Duggan is hopeful though that other hotels and the Hotels Federation could get involved. He said that the plan was originally hatched before all five concerts were cancelled yesterday, but in the wake of an email of hope from Brooks himself, the offer still stands.

Senator D’Arcy said that “if the objections are withdrawn then the City Manager could look at it again and the concerts could go ahead”.

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