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Arcade refused amid gambling fears

PLANS for an amusement arcade in Dublin have been turned down because of concerns over a glut of gambling venues in a small area.

Labour TD John Lyons welcomed the decision to prevent the addition of a sixth gambling office in Finglas Village.

"Money is tight for everyone and gambling is an issue," he said.

"We don't need to throw fuel on that fire -- people who are struggling with gambling addiction don't need another avenue to feed their habit."

The application to change a ground floor retail unit into an internet cafe with an arcade at the back received a split decision.

The internet cafe was given the go-ahead but the arcade was refused.



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Planners said it "would represent a land use of a similar nature to a betting office, would result in a concentration of gambling in this key district centre which already has a minimum of five betting offices."

Another reason for the arcade plans refusal was that it "would fail to contribute to the creation of a vibrant retail and commercial core in the gateway village," and "would seriously injure the amenities and depreciate the value of property in the vicinity and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area."

Mr Lyons said: "It's clear there will be no big growth in Finglas in the next few years. But we want to ensure it doesn't slip further down the slide."

Local councillor Steve Wrenn was delighted with the decision as he felt another gambling office would have contributed to personal debts in the area.

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