Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Country singer Garth Brooks at a press event at Croke Park. (© PA)
Speaking before a parliamentary hearing in Dublin, Peter Aiken said he was consulting with his lawyers about suing those he blames for the collapse of the five-night extravaganza which was scheduled for the end of July.
It has been estimated that 400,000 Garth Brooks fans in Dublin over five nights would have been worth €50m to the economy.
On Wednesday Mr Aiken dismissed suggestions he earned a significant sum from interest on the ticket sales - saying that he had paid out deposits for equipment and accommodation for a massive entourage.
"I'm down a seven figure [sum] on this," he told TDs. "And Garth Brooks is going to be out millions."
"The licence system is what it is, I've followed the same process that I've followed for years in Dublin, as well as other counties around Ireland," he continued.
"It is a well-established custom and practice to sell tickets subject to licence, there was never a discussion on the number of shows being reduced only on the impact five nights would have.
"I accept the procedure and the elements of the process were correctly followed but I feel...the decision was wrong."
Croke Park chief Peter McKenna also told the hearing that he was assured in a private telephone conversation with city manager Owen Keegan that the five gigs would get the go-ahead.
Mr Keegan remains adamant that the original decision to grant a licence for only three of the concerts was balanced, appropriate and reasonable.
On Tuesday, he denied any verbal assurances on a five-night run, and said Aiken Promotions were warned it was a "big ask".
Mr McKenna said the only way to go ahead would be an uncontested judicial review but the hearing was told Mr Keegan would vigorously contest any such action.
Dublin City Council chiefs have said they looked at compromises on three separate occasions after initially blocking two of the shows, which included options to stage three concerts at Croke Park and two elsewhere.
The country singer rejected an offer of two matinee shows and three night-time concerts saying it "cannot possibly compare" to the original five-night run.
The ticket return process will begin on Thursday at 9am through Ticketmaster.
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