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Irish government pledges to establish independent regulator by 2020

The Irish government’s proposals to establish an independent gambling regulator to oversee the licencing of all gambling operators has received the ‘full backing’ of the industry, according to junior minister David Stanton. According to the Fine Gael MP, the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill will oversee licensing in addition to establishing a social fund to provide treatment for gambling addicts, …

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David Stanton – Ireland hurt by gambling reform delays

Addressing Irish Parliament last week, David Stanton Fine Gael MP detailed to a Justice Committee his frustrations at delays in introducing new gambling laws to Ireland. Although the Irish government has approved the mandate of the  Gaming & Lotteries (Amendment) Bill, which will establish a new independent regulator monitoring the Irish gambling industry – Stanton maintains that Ireland has been hurt …

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Critical Mandate… IBA Ireland backs new Trust with €1 million funding

Irish betting/gambling stakeholders have agreed to establish the ‘Gambling Awareness Trust’, aiming to improve Ireland’s problem-gambling harm networks, counselling, research and treatment. The Trust has been established as an independent charity and has received a commitment of €1 million in initial funding from the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA). In its mandate, the Gambling Awareness Trust seeks to fund research of …

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Gary McGann – Irish tax doubling will hurt ‘home heroes’ like Paddy Power Betfair

The Sunday Times has this weekend published extracts of a letter written by Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) Executive Chairman Gary McGann to Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s Finance Minister pleading for Fine Gael not to pursue with a new betting tax regime. The letter published under ‘the freedom of legislation’ act, sees McGann state that the Dáil approved/pending doubling of the Irish …

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Irish Dáil to review IBA backed betting tax proposals

The Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) is set to review a proposal to replace the Treasury approved ‘doubling of betting turnover duty’ – inbound for January 2019. Independent Kerry province TD Michael Healy-Rae has proposed a number of alternative amendments to the Finance Bill which are set to be debated later this week. The amendments, which are backed by the Irish …

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Paddy Power slashes odds on uneasy Irish marriage

With Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny having called parliamentary elections on 26 February, Paddy Power has slashed its odds to a near certain 11/10 on a centre right coalition of Fine Gael – Fianna Fail taking over the Dail Eireann (parliament). The bookmaker’s market details that Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael party will ditch current dancing partner Irish Labour for an …

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