Job creation the ace in gaming decisions
BRILLIANT business proposition, adolescent's dream, or daft idea? An Bord Pleanala has given developer Richard Quirke planning permission for the Tipperary Venue, a casino-centred project that seems to combine, if not outshine, the most spectacular features of Disneyland and Las Vegas.
Covering a site of 800 acres and estimated to cost €460m to build, the development will include, in addition to the casino, a 500-bedroom hotel, a health spa, a swimming pool, a golf course, an all-weather racecourse, a greyhound track and a full-size replica of the White House. There is also a plan for a polo ground. The board has refused permission for a 15,000-seat concert venue.
The most prominent advocate of the project has been the controversial Michael Lowry, but those in favour include such giants of the racing world as Coolmore Stud, as well as local tourism and business interests.