Locals living near Dublin’s Phoenix Park have raised concerns about a series of Ed Sheeran gigs next summer. Fingal County Council wants the gigs moved to another location in the Park, saying residents will be inconvenienced.
180,000 fans have tickets for the three concerts on 16th, 18th and 19th of May. But locals are concerned about the impact of the number of gig goers on a mostly residential area.
Howard Mahony is Fianna Fail Councillor for Castleknock;
“It’s a park of 17 hundred acres – there must be at least three or four more sites that are more suitable.”
He says lessons should’ve been learned from the ill-fated Swedish House Mafia concerts in the Phoenix Park in 2012;
“Apart from the from the tragedies – we had a lot of public order issues.”
Councillor Mahony says he understands the legislative process isn’t ideal, but he’d hate to see the concerts cancelled if there was a better solution;
“There’s something wrong with the system and as I said at the council meeting, we saw it with Garth Brooks. All the balls are in a row – except for the licence – which is the most important part of it.”