Ian O'Doherty: I have a confession -- I don't have a problem with gambling
"Gambling lowers the tone of a nation. Gambling is, in its ramifications, a vast social disease. It becomes an addiction. Problem gamblers are more likely to divorce, drink excessively, abuse spouses and children and attempt suicide."
That's part of a letter that appeared in this very newspaper last Tuesday, written by a Methodist minister. He was referring, of course, to the ludicrous proposed €460m 'super casino' in the thriving tourist hub that is . . . Two-Mile Borris in Tipperary.
The brainchild of those two great Irish luminaries, disgraced politician Michael Lowry and slot-machine king Richard Quirke, the whole thing has become hugely controversial.