All bets are off as casino capitalism runs aground

Alan Shatter's new draft gambling bill appears to scupper the prospect of rural supercasinos springing up, but the progress being made on legislation is still painfully slow.

20th July, 2013
Independent TD Michael Lowry, casino promoter Richard Quirke and designer Brian O'Connell after North Tipperary County Council granted planning permission for a €460 million supercasino in 2011. Photo: Press 22

Rural troubadours the Corrigan Brothers once wrote a lovely little number about the proposed supercasino at Two-Mile Borris in their native county of Tipperary. It was the follow-up to their previous hit, There's No One As Irish As Barack Obama. Its chorus went as follows:

*There'll be bingo, blackjack, saints alive*

*Slot machines and forty-five*

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