Justice Committee report on Gambling Regulation

The Irish Bookmakers Association, the representative body for retail betting operators in Ireland, welcomes the completion and publication of the Justice Committee’s report on the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill

Minister Browne and his department have made significant progress in steering the Bill to this stage and we look forward to the next stage of the legislative process. 

Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the IBA said:

IBA members are fully supportive of the establishment of a regulatory authority and it was this support that saw our members introduce significant measures in recent years, including a ban on credit card betting and a pre-watershed advertising restriction which prevents advertising around live sport on a whistle-to-whistle basis.

We believe it is vital that the new authority is allowed to introduce evidence-led restrictions and guidelines, which will ensure a high level of customer protection and standards across all operators and also provide a level playing field for operators in the sector to operate within.

We welcome the Committee’s report and the contributions made by all stakeholders, and look forward to reviewing the Bill when it is published later this year.

Please click here for a full copy of the report.

Responsible gambling information

If gambling is affecting you or a loved one, there are many support and prohttps://gamblingcare.ie/support-organisations/blem gambling services available. These include phone counselling, face-to-face counselling sessions, out-reach programme’s and residential treatment facilities.

The Irish Bookmakers Association and its members, fully support a Charity called The Gambling Awareness Trust, that has been setup to fund education, awareness, research and treatment of problem gambling in Ireland:  GamblingAwarenessTrust 

Gambling Awareness Trust administers and funds the online resource GamblingCare.ie. This website offers support and information to those who are concerned about their own or another person’s gambling.  By raising awareness of gambling-related harm they hope to help people make informed decisions about their gambling, understand and recognise problem gambling and know where to seek help.

If you would like to speak to someone about your gambling, please call The National Gambling Helpline on 1800 936 725.

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