Republic of Ireland to establish national gambling regulator

Republic of Ireland to establish national gambling regulator

By IAGR Media

On 20 March the Irish Government announced it has approved the establishment of a national gambling regulatory authority.

The news, announced by Minister of State for the Department of Justice, David Stanton, is one of the key recommendations of the Inter-Departmental Working Group on the Future Licensing and Regulation of Gambling – set up in January 2018.

The working group’s report, released on 1 March, was approved by Cabinet last week.

Minister Stanton said, ‘The Government has made a major commitment to the modernisation of our licensing and regulatory environment for gambling with the ultimate aim of creating a regulatory authority that will be self-financing through fees and levies imposed on licensed gambling operators.’

Focusing on harm minimisation

‘A modern and effectively regulated gambling environment will ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that gambling will be a safe, fair and entertaining activity for the majority of those who choose to take part in it,’ Minister Stanton added.

‘We must ensure that it will provide enhanced consumer protection for players while limiting the harmful effects on young people and those who may be susceptible to addiction.

‘The authority will also regulate the industry in respect of the protection of vulnerable persons, age restrictions, staff training and self-exclusion measures and controls on advertising, promotions and sponsorship.’

One regulator for all forms of gambling

Minister Stanton said that the Government intends the new regulator will be responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling activity, including online.

‘The Department of Justice will now draft the necessary heads of legislation while work will also be advanced on scoping the resources needed to establish an effective regulatory regime,’ Minister Stanton said.

The new regulator will be an independent statutory body under the auspices of the Department of Justice and Equality.

Modernising legislation

The Irish Government also announced that it is publishing the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019, which provides for the modernisation of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956.

The amendment will standardise minimum age requirements for all forms of gambling, and provide clarity around licensing of gaming and lotteries for organisations like sporting clubs.

‘Gambling activity is of considerable economic impact in Ireland with an annual industry value of between €6-8 billion. I am certain that the two measures announced this week will help ensure the proper licensing and regulation of the many varied forms of gambling available as the industry continues to grow and evolve’, concluded Minister Stanton.

IAGR President Trude Felde said, ‘Establishing a dedicated regulatory body for gambling in Ireland is great news and we look forward to watching how the new regime takes shape.

‘Setting up a new regulator takes a lot of work but one of the advantages is that you can learn from other jurisdictions in how they’ve navigated around difficult regulatory issues.’  

Read the Inter-Departmental Working Group on the Future Licensing and Regulation of Gambling’s full report.

Company Details

International Association of Gaming Regulators
7881 W Charleston Blvd, Suite 155
Las Vegas, NV 89117
USA

Fax: +001 (636) 277-6665

Email Contact

Twitter Feed

RT @ASA_UK: William Hill ad banned for inviting Tinder users out of 'friend zone' https://t.co/U1gO6fiLw9
IAGR_ORG (1 week ago)
Have you booked your spot at #IAGR2019? @tabcomau (Tabcorp)'s Frank Makryllos gives a preview of his session titled… https://t.co/bi2cKXaPef
IAGR_ORG (1 week ago)
RT @UNLVicgr: Some states are betting on sports gambling, but progress toward legalization is slow in California #sportsbetting #gaming htt…
IAGR_ORG (2 weeks ago)
Check out our exciting program for #IAGR2019 https://t.co/62S6ORgJpe & get to know our speakers… https://t.co/Bz4etAZYPn
IAGR_ORG (2 weeks ago)
RT @UNLVicgr: Join us on June 18-21 for Fundamentals of Regulation for Land-Based Casinos. Program agenda includes topics on policy, compl…
IAGR_ORG (3 weeks ago)