By Noel Dundon
The fate of the 460 million euro Tipperary Venue planned for just outside Two-Mile-Borris will be known by the end of the month once an Bord Pleanala has received a report from the Inspector in charge of the three day oral hearing which concluded last week.
Inspector Pauline Fitzpatrick presided over the lengthy oral hearing at the Horse and Jockey Inn last week and heard multiple submissions from An Taisce, three local individuals, as well as representatives from North Tipperary County Council and a host of other experts in the fields of traffic management and planning.
Promoter Mr Richard Quirke was present for some of the hearing which heard submissions of unequivocal support from the likes of Thurles Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Development, Coolmore Stud, Ballydoyle’s Aidan and Anne-Marie O’Brien, the Irish Greyhound Board and Horse Sport Ireland to name just a few.
And, it was even suggested by Mr O’Brien in his submission that the Tipperary Venue could become the location of the European Breeders Cup with the US promoters seeking a suitable venue in Europe to ape one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world. At present, no location in Europe could cater for the event, but the Tipperary Venue would be well capable, said Mr O’Brien who added that the proposal should it get the go ahead would be “an incredible asset to Irish racing.”
The project, should it get the go ahead, is destined to create up to 1,000 jobs at construction stage over two years with a further 1500 jobs created thereafter.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star