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Monday 23 April 2018

Only rich could afford to come to my casino, says Richard Quirke

Richard Quirke
Richard Quirke
TD Michael Lowry
Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

IT COULD be a storyline from 'Damo and Ivor' – the RTE comedy series created by Dr Quirkey's amusement arcade boss Richard Quirke's son.

Mr Quirke is still pushing to get permission to build a supercasino in the unlikely rural setting of Two-Mile Borris in Co Tipperary, with the support of Independent TD Michael Lowry.

And he is now arguing there is no chance of the poor becoming gambling addicts at his proposed supercasino because they do not have the money to travel there.

His sub- mission states that these venues "simply do not cater for the poor" and are "middle-class venues".

Mr Quirke's submission also signals it is the Ivors of this world – the affluent Dublin Southside character played by his son Andrew Quirke – who would be travelling to his planned supercasino. It says the profile of casino visitors has changed.

"They are more likely to have white-collar jobs... they travel more, have more cars, spend more on their homes," it stated.

And the submission pours cold water on the prospect of a visit from the likes of Andrew Quirke's poor Dublin Northside character Damo. It said people who visit casinos must be able to afford to get there.

It cited the example of Monte Carlo – around 170km from the French city of Marseilles.

"The presence of casino gambling in Monte Carlo has no impact on gambling in deprived areas of Marseilles."

The Oireachtas Justice Committee, which included Mr Quirke's lengthy submission in its report, asked for further consideration to be given to allowing large-scale resort casinos in Ireland.

However, there is no sign of the Government altering its ban on supercasinos under the new Gambling Control bill.

Irish Independent

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