Bree: No reason not to allow two existing gaming venues continue in Sligo and Strandhill

The public is again being asked for their opinions on gaming in Sligo.

It’s after councillors from the Borough of Sligo Municipal District again discussed the issue at their meeting this morning,

Two months ago, they deferred making a decision until they heard the public’s views.

This morning, the councillors agreed to a motion from Independent Socialist Councillor Declan Bree that would allow two established gaming venues — at Ted Nealon Road in Sligo town and at Shore Road in Strandhill — to continue.

Cll Bree’s motion was to adopt Part 3 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act.

However, Fianna Fail Councillor Tom MacSharry reiterated his opposition to this.

He had previously expressed the fear that if an application for gambling was refused under this legislation, the applicant could then appeal to An Bord Pleanala and possibly go the District Court.

However, Cllr Bree said he did not think any councillor would like to see gamblin halls all over the place.

And he felt the two gaming centres that had operated for the past 15 years should be allowed continue.

He said he had never received any complaint about either establishment.

After this morning’s meeting, Cllr Bree outlined to Ocean FM News what will happen now.