Belfast Telegraph

Co Tipperary casino plan blocked

The Government has stymied plans for a multi-million euro Las Vegas-style casino in Co Tipperary, suggesting the development would have a negative social impact.

The 460 million euro venue, near Two-Mile Borris, with a betting and leisure complex complete with horse and greyhound tracks and a chapel, was given the green light by planners in July.

But Justice Minister Alan Shatter said the Tipperary casino was "out", based on new gambling laws signed off by the Cabinet.

"We've made very specific decisions in the public interest. Those specific decisions include a decision that we will not be making provision for resort-style casinos," Mr Shatter said.

A statement on behalf of the developers said they noted the minister's preference for licensing modest-style casinos and stated they would engage with the Government to determine the definition and extent of the requirement.

"We will make constructive submissions and arguments to ensure that the terms and scale of the licence granted will, when incorporated into the development, be viable," it added.

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