Our association in conjunction with Tony Foley, Head of Economics -DCU have prepared a blueprint for 3000 new jobs, and saving thousands of existing jobs. We urge the new Government to give our proposal some consideration as these jobs can be created without any investment from the Governement, and can be created relatively quickly. To read the paper created by Tony Foley please click here.
Hundreds of jobs are being lost each month as a Turnover tax, excessive high street rents and archaic legislation prevent bookmakers from competing with unlicensed operators and online/mobile operators.
With Off-shore Online and Mobile companies betting into the Irish market, virtually tax free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it makes the survival of Independent betting shops very difficult.
We are calling on the Government to complete the new legislation , and ensure the the entire gambling industry is regulated fairly and that the social responsibility practices implemented by Irish betting shops is enforced on all operators. We must ensure
that the legislation allows us to develop and modernise our
shops in line with all other businesses, to create a level playing field and allow us to sustain the 6000+ jobs in our Industry.
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The increases in HRI spending that the IBA has exposed range from 56.6% to over 660%. HRI has attempted to justify increases in spending by saying that fixtures have increased by 33% between 1998 and 2008, but the massive increases in spending are out of all proportion with the modest increase in fixture numbers.
To see Factual responses from IBA in direct response to Spin from HRI please click here....