Following the announcement by Minister Alan Shatter that the Government will only regulate for ‘modest-sized’ casinos and private members clubs, South Tipperary T.D. and member of the Justice Committee Tom Hayes has said he is willing to discuss the issue with fellow Oireachtas members and Cabinet Ministers in an attempt to secure the future of the site.
“The Government are right to be concerned about a project of this size. There are a number of risks that can be posed to small and vulnerable communities with any casino based development. However, when there are so many jobs in play for the people of North and South Tipperary, I feel it is important to make as much of an effort as possible to mitigate these risks so that the Tipperary Venue can go ahead.” stated Deputy Hayes.
He continued, “As this legislation moves through Committee stage I hope to obtain more details on the concerns held by Minister Shatter and the Cabinet. Once these concerns are made clear, I am hopeful that compromises can be made and solutions found that will facilitate the regulation of the Tipperary Venue. It’s important that we find a balance between what is appropriate for the communities in Tipperary, and what is good for jobs and enterprise in our constituencies”.