New laws recommended by the Irish Department of Justice which would allow Las Vegas style casinos in Ireland have been submitted to the Government.
The “casino resorts” will have up to 1,500 gambling machines, hundreds of gaming tables, entertainment and “multiple lifestyle experiences”. The laws would mean the introduction of a $603 million Tipperary Venue resort along with other super casinos.
Dermot Ahern, Minister for Justice, said it was unlikely that the laws would be passed before the general election in March. However he did not rule it out. He also said that the report was not published as a result of TD Michael Lowry’s agreeing to support the Government’s budget. Mr Lowry has been lobbying for the construction of a super casino in his North Tipperary constituency.
The case, near Two-Mile-Borris, has already received planning permission but it’s developer former police officer Richard Quirke need the law to be changed before he can proceed. A replica of the White House will be at the center of the resort.
The report on Options for Regulating Gambling said “The law should provide for at least the possibility of large-scale casinos being permitted…This jurisdiction is not so large that it could reasonably sustain a Las Vegas style development."
According to the Irish Examiner the Irish Government believes two or three super-casinos would be appropriate. How many will be permitted “will have to be decided in the future".