Las Thurles: Lowry's super-casino gets planning approval. Greens silent.

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North Tipperary county council has just granted planning permission for an 800 acre Las Vegas-style super-casino outside Thurles. The casino, which will be known as the Tipperary Venue, will be "landscaped in tune with Ireland's celtic traditions" by featuring a full-size replica of the White House; an all-weather floodlit racecourse; a heliport; a shotgun wedding chapel; parking for 8,000 cars; a windfarm: Lowry welcomes council approval for €460m casino and resort plan - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 02, 2010

Hardly what could be described as sustainable development, to be profitable this casino will require no limit slot machines and thus necessitates a change in the law (the developers describe our laws banning casinos as “outdated”). Coincidentally, Dermot Ahern has already signalled an overhaul of legislation banning casinos in the spring. This project is the ultimate roll of the dice for Lowry and the project's developer Richard 'Dr Quirkey' Quirke.

It shows how far the Green party has gone to the dark side that this monstrosity which is completely out of character with the local environment will get the go ahead. It will be the ultimate legacy of their period in government.
 
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So, rather than placing it in an area that would make the most tourist money (e.g. near an airport and/or large city) we dump it in some rural backwater because they elected a corrupt gombeen who votes with our failed government. And "The Tipperary Venue"? Doesn't exactly trip off the tongue. Will be a disaster.
 
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Didn't they try a super casino in Manchester that was cancelled due (IIRC) to negative effects?
 

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Lowry's price for voting for the Budget??

However, changes to the Gaming Act would be required for the casino to obtain a licence to operate. Mr Lowry said he expects the Government to shortly “publish a report it commissioned on the gaming laws” and to issue “a policy statement indicating that enabling legislation will be introduced which would allow the casino to operate”
 

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So, rather than placing it in an area that would make the most tourist money (e.g. near an airport and/or large city) we dump it in some rural backwater because they elected a corrupt gombeen who votes with our failed government. And "The Tipperary Venue"? Doesn't exactly trip off the tongue. Will be a disaster.
Tipp now needs its own airport. Problem solved.
 

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Didn't they try a super casino in Manchester that was cancelled due (IIRC) to negative effects?
They were claiming the Manchester supercasino would bring in 3,500 jobs, and that's in an urban area with the population of Ireland, an International airport, and motorway links that mean the West Midlands (5.5 million people) is only 1.5 hours by car, and Greater London (13m population) is only 3.5 hours by car.

The developers of this casino claim it will bring in 2,000 jobs, and this will be in the middle of Tipperary, nowhere near an airport, and with a potential local population of 6 million if you include the North.

Someone's getting their sums wrong.
 

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Should we refer to the greens as 'The yellows' from here on?

I think it has a certain ring to it!
 

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Will there be a crap stable?
 

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The casino, which will be known as the Tipperary Venue, will be "landscaped in tune with Ireland's celtic traditions" by featuring a full-size replica of the White House, an an all-weather floodlit racecourse, a heliport, a shotgun wedding chapel and parking for 8,000 cars and a windfarm.
Bet the windfarm was The Greens idea :rolleyes: The Tipp Venue? More like The Lowry Bowl. Pigs at a trough.
 

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the sooner lowry is gone from irish politics the better. he is the ultimate parish-pump clientelist gombeen.

hope this venture is the biggest disaster since the north dublin branch of stringfellows.
 

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What's the point of the white-house replica; is it a hotel or a place for rich men to go and hold self-serving chats in a suitable environment, before heading to the course for a few rounds?

 

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This is welcome news and a blow to the reactionary Establishment both on the Left and Right that believe in aribitary government interference in the personal-choices of individuals. There are a lot of fuddy-duddies in Leinster House and local government that instinctively and kneejerkedly react against architectural change even while lecturing the people to accept cultural change. We also saw such reactionary impulses in Dublin City Council's rejection of the "Vega City" theme park around 10 yrs ago. :roll:
 

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Thurles is one of the most economically deprived areas in Ireland. I am quite familiar with North Tipperary and this is certainly a welcome light shining in the darkness for this area. If the development creates 2000 sustainable jobs as hoped for I don't see how people can knock it. I am genuinely delighted for the people of Thurles to hear this.
 

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I am also looking forward to sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office and auditioning for a run in 2020 :)
 


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