The Concerned Citizens of Mitchelstown Group, who continue to protest against the planned opening of a casino in the town, are urging members of the public to join them at Fermoy Courthouse this Friday, March 8 to protest against the awarding of a gaming licence to Perks Amusements.

A spokesperson for the group has asked for people to be at the courthouse from 10.30am to show their opposition to the opening of a casino on the main thoroughfare of the town. 

“Your support is vital in stopping this licence application. We are aware that many of you think, because the building has a lot of work being done to it, that Perks have the licence.”

The spokesperson pointed out that the awarding of the gaming licence to Perks is not a foregone conclusion and asked for members of the public to turn up and ‘be a voice for the younger generation who may have to deal with the traumas of gambling'.

“Only last week, a report claimed that there were 40,000 people in the country with serious gambling problems. This report fears that the real amount is most likely a lot higher. See you in Fermoy Friday, March 8 at 10.30am,” the spokesperson added.