Tag Archives: Sharon Byrne

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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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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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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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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Irish bookmaker tax doubles in latest budget

In a devastating blow to Irish bookmakers, the national budget was unveiled yesterday delivering a significant increase to betting tax in the country. After much speculation and heated debate, Ireland’s Minister for finance Paschal Donohoe increased the overall betting tax in the country to two per cent, reversing the 2007 budget which had previously halved it to one per cent. …

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Could the FAI be about to cut ties with Gambling operators?

Reports are suggesting that The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is going to follow the lead of the English Football Association, in cutting ties with gambling companies. The FAI’s current deal with Ladbrokes culminates this year, however a report in the Times is suggesting that Irish football’s governing body may cut the deal short in the same way the English …

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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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