Tag Archives: IBA

Ireland to drop 2% turnover tax for favoured two-tier approach

The Irish Independent has this weekend reported that the Dáil Éireann will move to present a two-tiered betting tax plan to the European Commission for EU-wide regulatory approval. Following extensive industry consultations, the Irish government is reported to be dropping its formerly approved ‘2% turnover betting tax’, moving towards a more favourable dual tax system differentiating between retail and digital …

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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 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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Operators unite for inaugural Responsible Gambling Week Ireland

The Irish gambling industry is coming together to support the launch of the first ever Responsible Gambling Week Ireland. It is the biggest social responsibility campaign that has been held in Ireland. The theme for the campaign is simply, “A great tip – know when to stop” with the aim of starting conversations about what it means to gamble responsibly. …

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IBA welcomes government calls for a fresh operator levy

The incoming regulation from the Irish Government to introduce a levy for operators, in order to aide the payment of problem gambling treatment, research and education has been praised by The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA). Making long awaited progress on the bill that had originally been passed in 2013, the country’s Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan was recently …

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Ireland revamps ‘Control Bill’ seeking to create new independent industry regulator

The Irish government has tabled a proposition for the betting/gambling sectors to be overseen by a new independent regulatory body. The mandate for an independent regulator has been propositioned by Irish Minister of State for Equality and Integration David Stanton, who seeks to amend provisions of the country’s Gambling Control Bill. The 2013 bill proposed the development of a ‘gambling …

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IBA – Irish betting shops need to reinvent themselves

Speaking to The Irish Independent newspaper, Sharon Bryne Chair of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) has stated that Ireland’s retail betting sector is in dire need of strategy rethink. Since 2008 reports show that Irish retail betting shops have dropped €1 billion in revenues, representing a 30% industry decline. Furthermore, recorded wagering has fallen from €3.7 billion to €2.6 billion …

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Irish bookies waiting on EU approval for new betting law

The Irish Bookmakers Association has revealed that the Betting Bill is now with the Attorney General, but is sweating on EU approval. The group, which represents 70 per cent of bookmakers and independent providers, believes the retail betting sector is in severe decline, having witnessed the closure of 366 shops in the last six years, resulting in the loss of approximately 1700 staff. It …

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