Mitchelstown licence goes before litigator

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The licensing application of one prospective AGC in Co. Cork, Ireland, is to be heard in a local court – despite the objections of a local activist group.

Perks Promotions is trying to gain legislative approval to open-shop in Mitchelstown, after a previous attempt to gain a foothold in the nearby town of Fermoy floundered when local planners deemed that a gaming business would be “incompatible” with the local area.
Perk has met similarly vociferous pushback in the neighbouring community, where local resident Martin Lane has appointed himself chairman of “The Concerned Citizens of Mitchelstown,” whose stated aim is to block the arcade’s new choice of locale at all cost.
Citing potential for the “normalisation” of gambling on the town’s high street, as well as the risk of increased anti-social behaviour, Lane’s anti-gambling campaign has amassed over 1,500 signatories from the local area – and highlights a local legal precedent that, he suggests, makes the entire town essentially exempt from the terms of Ireland’s Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956.
Entreaties from both Perk and Lane were put before a judge at the district courthouse in Fermoy last week – but a final decision as to the fate of the business is still pending.


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