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Martina Devlin: €460m casino capers show we have learned nothing

Published 16/06/2011 | 05:00

HAS businessman Richard Quirke watched 'Field of Dreams' with its persuasive refrain of "if you build it, he will come" once too often?

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It's pie in the sky to suggest the air will be thick with private jets and helicopters around Two-Mile Borris if a casino complex pops up there. Those Tipperary fields can never be turned into the Elysian Fields, no matter how high he builds his stately pleasure-dome.

Quirke's proposal to give Las Vegas a run for its money overcame the planning permission hurdle this week. But it remains a delusion. One that raises hopes -- unrealistically, in view of the gaping hole at the scheme's centre -- of job creation.

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