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UPDATED 19/9/14: September 1st Deadline has passed - Part-time staff losing jobs

Betting Bill to be debated in Seanad on Wednesday, 24th September. Due back from EU on Friday September 19th

Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013

The Department of Finance are expecting the Betting Amendments to return from Europe on Friday 19th September. If there are any objections from EU, this will cause a delay in it's introduction

This will mean that shops must continue to close their doors at 6:30pm and customers must place their bets with online or mobile operators. Online operators pay no betting duty and don't provide jobs in every community or village in the country

Delaying the bill also means that Online betting operators continue to bet with Irish Customers and pay ZERO in betting tax.

Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the IBA says "The Irish Bookmakers Association will look for a interim change to legislation if EU causes difficulty in getting bill through over the next few weeks. This change would allow shops open after 6.30 throughout the winter, and would not need EU approval. One possible change would be to add the word 'Greyhound' to the current legislation, and this would enable shops to open after 6.30. The IBA will continue to work with the Department and the Government chief whip Minister Paul Kehoe, to ensure the fastest route for legislation to allow betting shops compete with online operators, and ensure online operators pay betting duty. The Bill is to be debated by the Seanad on Wednesday 24th September" Click here to download our Betting Amendment bill briefing document

UPDATED 19/9/14: Gambling Control Bill 2013 - legislation being drafted

Our members welcome the publication of the long awaited Gambling Bill

"Gambling Control Bill 2013"

The Gambling Control act was published on July 15th 2013. It is to repeal the 1931 Betting act, and 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act. It is combining both of these acts in the new Gambling Control Act to regulate the entire gambling industry in Ireland. A lot of work has been done by the department on creating a bill to regulate the entire sector, and we look forward to working with them on its implementation

The bill has been scheduled for publication in Mid 2015

Read more about the Gambling bill which will regulate the entire industry ranging from betting shops, arcades, and casinos to online betting sites and exchanges. Click here.....

Taxation Contribution per shop:
As an illustrative example, an average licensed betting office makes the following contribution to the national exchequer and the local authority in which it is located:
  • Turnover €2,000,000
  • Gross Profit (@10%)€200,000
  • Betting Tax (@ 1%) €20,000
  • Gross Profit €180,000
  • Average Costs €170,000
  • Depreciation €5,000
  • PBIT €5,000
  • Corporation Tax €625
  • Profit €4,375
  • If additional 1% tax Loss -€15,625

Under 18's - Look 21!
The IBA have created several posters for betting shops to display which prevents the admission of persons under the age of 18 onto the premises.

I would urge all members to be extra vigilant, and to operate a 'Look 21' policy. This would require staff to ask all persons that look under the age of 21 for id, to ensure they are over 18.
Please contact me for copies.

DSAC - Dunlewey Addiction Services
The DSAC Freephone is up and running now, and members are advised to ensure all promotional material relating to this service is displaying the correct Freephone number: 1800 93 67 25

I will be organising a DSAC training day in the near future. If you are interested in attending, or would like a refresher course for your staff, please contact me.

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Visit the Dunlewey website to read about the addiction services provided across Ireland

Problem Gambling and Addiction Services, Irish Charity providing Phone and Face to Face Counselling sessions

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