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
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.....