Gaming industry ruined Australia
Published 02/01/2011 | 09:45
Sir -- If some government ministers are looking for one good all expenses paid trip before they go, I could recommend Australia! While there, you could take in all the sights, stay in five-star hotels and visit some of the many pubs and clubs throughout the country. Then maybe you would see the devastation the gaming industry has caused to that country.
Almost every small town has a gaming club and many pubs with the sad sight of rows of slot machines and lonely old ladies spending their pensions. You could also talk with the Australian government about their unsuccessful attempts to contain this industry. If this helped decide against changing the law on casinos in Ireland it would be money well spent.
I know you've promised Michael Lowry and being politicians you keep your promises, but just for once think long term and not about the next election.