Hidden costs of Tipperary casino
THE Methodist Church has a long tradition of unwavering opposition to gambling. In the 1950s, it disapproved of hospital sweepstakes and football pools.
In 1987, the church deplored the introduction of the National Lottery, declaring that the investing of the lottery with the prestige of government sponsorship was "morally unacceptable".
Methodists believe gambling lowers the tone of a nation. Much is being made of the jobs that will be created in north Tipperary by the casino and the "boost" it will give to the whole region.