In 1994 an international group of investors came together to plan a new national sports stadium and casino complex in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. However, the development ran into massive local and political opposition.
Reporter Adrian Beattie spoke to Joan Maher, Chairperson of Fingal County Council, who argued that the casino had nothing to offer the area and argued that the casino would be a
Glorified amusement arcade.
Tom Morrissey, Fine Gael Councillor, said that he can't see how the development would create employment. Manchester businessman Norman Turner, Chief Executive of Ogden Entertainment, argued in favour of the development of the Sonas Centre, saying that it would employ a thousand people in the casino and associated shops and restaurants.
Under the Gaming and Lotteries Act, casinos are illegal in Ireland. Investors are hoping to convince the government to amend the gaming legislation by promising significant tax gains for the exchequer.
An RTÉ News report was broadcast on 12 September 1994.