Tag Archives: Irish Bookmakers Association

IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has outlined plans to bring the UK and Irish gambling industries together as part of this year’s Responsible Gambling Week 2019. The aim of the campaign, which will take place from November 7 – November 13, is to promote an industry-wide conversation regarding safer gambling methods, as well as the promotion of tools, …

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IBA pushes for the introduction of a new gambling control bill

The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) has expressed its hopes towards the introduction of a Gambling Control Bill and an Independent regulator, as published in its inter-departmental group report. Irish Minister of State, David Stanton, noted that with a fast-evolving industry and changing demographics, “the State’s licensing and regulatory approach” must also adapt. He added: “Incremental change is not a viable …

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Irish betting nerves tested by critical tax judgement

Ireland is awaiting the final review of its proposed bookmakers’ turnover tax hike which would effectively double the tax that bookmakers are obliged to pay from one to two per cent. Numerous industry stakeholders have voiced concerns surrounding the damaging effects that the tax hike could have on the Irish gambling industry, and especially how the tax hike would affect …

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Sharon Byrne, Irish Bookmakers Association:
Securing the future of Irish betting shops

In recent years, the Irish retail betting industry has strengthened its commitment to ensuring responsible gambling, with various initiatives including its Responsible Gambling Week. However, potential tax rises from 1% to 2% could lead to a turbulent 2019 for the sector. SBC spoke to Sharon Byrne, Chair of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) about how the future can be secured …

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Finance Minister confirms review of Irish betting tax

According to the Times, the Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed a decision to review plans to double betting tax, after warnings from Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) that the move would lead to significant job losses. The decision means there is likely to be a delay to the potential tax hike, which were due for implementation at the commencing …

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Tax increases to hamper Ladbrokes’ Irish presence

Ladbrokes could be about to terminate all its on-course bookmaking activity in Ireland, as a result of the country’s betting tax being doubled to 2%. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ladbrokes Ireland Director Jackie Murphy also underlined that the tax hikes will likely mean that operator will cease its sponsorship of races where it currently holds on course betting operations. …

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Responsible Gambling Week unites Irish and British industries

Spearheaded by the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA), the Irish betting sector is uniting with the British gambling industry to take part in Responsible Gambling Week 2018, making it the biggest ever event of its kind in both countries. The event, which will run for the first week of November, will be supported by more than 800 bookmakers and head offices …

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IGRG – RGWeek 2018 will showcase industry’s responsibility drive

The governance of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has stated that ‘Responsible Gambling Week 2018’ (RGWeek – 1-7 November 2018) will showcase the sector’s latest sustainability, social responsibility and community-focused initiatives. Following the success of last year’s inaugural RGWeek, the IGRG details that all UK licensed gambling operators will participate in 2018’s edition, aiming to promote the public …

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Stalled Control Bill sees Irish IBA set-up ‘DIY fund’ for fighting addiction

Frustration at the Irish government’s inability to reform the nation’s gambling framework has led the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) to form an independent trust funding gambling-harm prevention services. The fund is being developed by IBA chair Sharon Byrne, who seeks the support of national health charities in creating an Irish network for tackling and preventing gambling addictions. Speaking to The …

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IBA Ireland unites with IGRG for Responsible Gambling Week 2018

The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) will work with UK counterpart the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) to enhance the objectives and coverage of ‘Responsible Gambling Week 2018’ (RG Week, 1-7 November). Updating the market, Sharon Byrne Chair of the IBA has confirmed that the organisation will support IGRG initiatives on Responsible Gambling across Irish betting premises. In Ireland, RG …

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