Massive Irish casino proposed

02/11/2010

There are further calls for the Irish Government to update its dated gaming laws today, after planning permission was granted last night for a Euros460 casino complex.

The project is a dream of wealthy businessman and arcade owner Richard Quirke, who currently owns the Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium amusement and gaming arcade in Dublin. He wants to build a casino, racecourse, greyhound track – and improbably a full-sized replica of the White House and a 500-bed five star hotel with golf course.

He has the support of Michael Lowry the Independent Teachta Dála (TD) politician who believes Quirke’s plans to be “realistic”.

“This project is not depending on state aid – it has the support of a man who has financial resources available to him and he’s already been in discussion with investors and is happy with the reaction internationally,” added Mr Lowry.

“The legislation we have at the moment is archaic, and that’s why the Government is reviewing it.”

The 900 acre site is just off the M8 Dublin-Cork motorway.

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