Our members welcome the publication of the long awaited Gambling Bill
"Gambling Control Bill 2013"
The Gambling Control act was published on July 15th. 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.
The new bill provides more protection for customers, by requiring licensed operators to maintain a minimum level of funds in reserve and making bets recoverable by law, similar to existing legislation in the UK. Our association welcomes this development, and look forward to further clarification on definitions and licensing choices contained in the legislation.
We also welcome that contributions to a Social responsibility fund will now be compulsary, and that all operators will have to pay. Until now, only Irish betting shops have contributed to such a fund, and we are proudly supporting the exemplary work done by the Northern Ireland Charity - The Dunlewey Centre. The Dunlwey Centre provides a Freephone number 1800 936725, which operates 7 days a week, and provides immediate assistance and someone to listen for any person that calls the line. They will also organise face to face counselling sessions with qualified counsellors across the country where it is needed. The Irish retail betting industry has funded this service for almost 5 years now, and will continue to do so.
We will review the legislation over the coming days, and provide feedback on various aspects of same.
To read press release click here: Press Release
or to read the entire Bill please click here: www.justice.ie
506 Part-time staff to lose their jobs, as we wait for legislation to be approved by Europe. One small word changed in the existing legislation would prevent this from happening in the few months needed to get a response from Europe
Meanwhile customers must place their bets with online or mobile operators, who do not pay betting duty or provide jobs in every community or village in the country