Facing criticism for not speeding up the process and delaying the proposed gambling regulations in Ireland, the government has once again reiterated that they are committed to creating an independent gambling regulator by 2020.
Earlier this year the government had announced that they would be creating an independent gambling regulatory body. However, the promises have not been delivered.
David Stanton, a junior minister at the Department of Justice, has said that the government’s decision to create an independent gambling regulator has overwhelming support from the stakeholders in the Irish gambling industry.
He explained that the new Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill will regulate the licensing process and would also establish a social fund to tackle the problem of gambling addiction.
Stanton has made it clear that they want a gambling regulator which is independent of the government and the gambling industry.
“You are going to be talking about money laundering; you’re going to be talking about problem gambling, enforcement, licensing, research, regulation, inspection so that you could have up to 100 people working in this authority with that kind of expertise,” he said.
Earlier in April Stanton had a different stand and he had said that he has no authority to bring in the necessary legislation citing the gambling addiction issues as a health issue.
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), had also welcomed Ireland’s move to regulate gambling in the country. EGBA, in its statement to the press had also thanked the minister for his role in regulating online gambling in Ireland.