Councillors vote to legalise gaming in Inishowen

Councillors in Inishowen have voted in favour of the reintroduction of gaming licences by a narrow 5-4 majority.
The result to adopt the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act legitimises gaming arcades in the Inishowen Municipal District.
Cllr Paul Canning proposed that councillors adopt the Act, and he was seconded by Cllr Michael Doherty.
Cllr Rena Donaghey opposed the motion and was seconded by Cllr Jack Murray.
Cllr Donaghey then asked for a recorded vote, with councillors voting one by one either for or against the motion.
Cllrs Michael Doherty, Nicholas Crossan, Martin McDermott, Paul Canning and Bernard McGuinness voted in favour, with Cllrs Rena Donaghey, Martin Farren, Albert Doherty and Jack Murray against.
Chairman Martin Farren then deemed the Gaming Act to be adopted.

Today’s decision reverses decisions made by Donegal County Council and Buncrana Urban District Council in the 1980s. Those decisions outlawed full on gaming licences, and permitted only amusement licences where the maximum prize payable was €7.

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.