April 14, 2004
The Irish government has canceled a massive Dublin street party and concert set for May 1 to mark the expansion of the European Union after the organizer, Irish broadcaster RTE, failed to reach agreement with city officials on road closures. At last count, more than 10,000 free tickets had been distributed for the Dublin event, which included performances by Irish rock veteran Bob Geldof, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette and folk group The Chieftains. Irish Arts Minister John O'Donoghue said Ireland's planned May 1 "Day of Welcomes," to celebrate the addition of 10 new countries to the European Union, would proceed with other events around Ireland, including firework displays and street fairs.