Craic down on plans for Killarney amusements

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Irish planning appeals board, An BordPleanála, has refused permission for what has been characterised as a “amusement arcade” with an indoor sports arena, gaming machines and a roulette table in Killarney town centre.

The board rejected the argument that the proposal was primarily for an indoor sports arena and stated that the “amusement arcade” was central to it.

Applicant Tony Barry had sought change of use to convert the ground floor of the building, which formerly housed a betting shop, to an “indoor sports and recreational centre including ancillary gaming machines.”

The venue was to offer snooker, darts and table tennis, alongside a roulette table and five gaming machines.

The applicant contended that the proposal would provide an alcohol-free alternative evening entertainment venue for over 21s.

However, the planning board’s inspector resorted to an online version of the Oxford English Dictionary to define the proposal and suggested that it was closer to the definition of an amusement arcade – “a covered area having coin-operated gaming machines” – than a recreation centre. BordPleanála has upheld its inspector’s opinion and refused the appeal.

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