Ireland: The Gambling Control Bill Awaiting Approval Six Years Later

Ireland The Gambling Control Bill Awaiting Approval Six Years Later

The Gambling Control Bill (GCB) will update the gambling laws in Ireland and the legislation of 2013 seemed to be an important one. GCB has however, done nothing for this bill and has continued to pass other legislation instead.

Lawmakers are unable to reach a consensus on how to regulate the gambling industry. The junior justice minister, David Stanton promised that he would create a regulator to oversee the gambling industry until a suitable alternative presented itself.

The gambling laws in Ireland were introduced a century ago like the Betting Act of 1931 and Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 to control wagers however, these are now somewhat outdated.

Lawmakers are not able to reach an agreement on how to administer this bill hence, it can never take the necessary step. It has thus remained stagnant at the third stage.

In 2015 a study was commissioned by Ireland’s Department of Justice to review the gambling problem in the country and to consult with the gambling operators. The results for this are yet to be produced.

Six years is a very long time period for a bill to be approved and lawmakers are now getting impatient. Due to this they are also threatening to make GCB tighter and this would ultimately restrict the industry more. This would only worsen the situation and making it stricter will not solve the problem.

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