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Ireland adopts interim Gaming and Lotteries Act ahead of wholesale 2021 reforms

Ireland has passed the ‘interim Gaming and Lotteries Act’, establishing the foundations for a planned sweeping reform of the nation’s gambling laws in 2021.   The overhaul of Ireland’s gambling legislation will provide a long-awaited modernisation of existing legislation for the sector that dates back to 1931 and 1956, updating codes and standards for the digital age and modern consumer.  The …

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Paddy Power: Sinn Féin surge sees coalition uncertainty

The Irish gambling landscape is set to face some major changes in the coming months, but what has been a surprise to many is the mass seat gains of Sinn Féin. Speaking to Joe Lee, Head of Political Betting at Paddy Power, he explained that punters are backing a second general election before the end of the year, while a …

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Irish political parties push for gambling reform

Ahead of Ireland’s General Election on 8 February, some of the country’s major political parties have pledged to make a number of reforms to the country’s gambling sector. Publishing its manifesto, governing party Fine Gael has committed to introducing an independent gambling regulator in order to address the issue of problem gambling. Its manifesto said: “We will introduce an independent …

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Paschal Donohoe backs 2% betting levy despite Irish job concerns

Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has backed the country’s betting tax regime following a number of claims from Irish TD’s that the increased levy has put over 1,800 jobs at risk.   Speaking at the Dáil yesterday,  Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty emphasised to the committee that first quarter results for the industry have demonstrated that smaller, independent …

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Irish Dáil confirms new gambling authority for revamped market

A key week for Irish gambling sees the Dáil confirm that a new gambling regulatory authority will be formed, tasked with monitoring and regulating all components of Irish online and retail gambling/betting. The new authority will act as an independent body reporting to Ireland’s Department of Justice, in which Its formation forms the key directive of a report submitted by …

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