TAOISEACH Micheal Martin has said he would like to see a Garth Brooks concert take place in Co Cork.
Dublin City Council has already approved three nights of concerts in Croke Park next September, when it is expected that US country singer Brooks will take the stage.
The Taoiseach is currently in New York at the UN headquarters.
When asked by reporters if he would like to attend one of the Garth Brooks’ concerts, he said: “I would (like to attend) actually.
“We’ve had a tough 18 months with the pandemic. Isn’t it great now that people can be back looking forward, that we have concerts?
“We could have a few in Cork as well you know.”
Promoter Aiken is hoping the move will attract less opposition than the ‘Garth-gate’ fiasco of 2014 because they will be split over two weekends.
Aiken only has permission granted for three of the Garth shows in 2022, on September 9, 10 and 11.
However applications have been lodged for two extra Brooks gigs in Croker on Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17.
A source said: “Remember the last time in 2014, there had already been three gigs that year by One Direction.
“The last concert in Croke Park took place in July 2019, so there has been a huge break.
“Some turn up their nose at Garth Brooks but he’s still phenomenally popular with people of all ages and these concerts will reconnect him with his huge Irish fanbase.”
Meanwhile in New York, Taoiseach Martin has rejected any suggestion that an Irish bid for UN agreement on the link between climate change and conflict is doomed to fail.
The Taoiseach on Thursday warned the UN Security Council that climate change “is exacerbating conflict globally”.
He presided over a debate on climate and security at the UN headquarters in New York, the first time an Irish taoiseach has chaired such a meeting.In his speech, Mr Martin called on leaders to accept the link between the climate crisis and conflicts taking place across the globe.
Mr Martin, speaking to reporters, denied the suggestion that Ireland’s resolution would inevitably be rejected.
Earlier, Martin told members of the Security Council: “The mandate of this council is to consider threats to international peace and security.
“We must move past theoretical debates and respond to the reality that climate change is exacerbating conflict globally.
“This council can and must do more. It has the mandate and it has the tools.”