The creation of a regulatory body for Ireland’s gaming industry will be delayed until at least next year, according to justice minister Helen McEntee.
The new regulator was one aspect of Ireland’s Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019, which was signed into law in December last year.
However, at the start of September, McEntee confirmed that there will be a further delay. “Work is currently underway in my department on the development of the legislation to provide for the necessary modern licensing and regulatory provisions for the Irish gambling industry. I hope to bring proposals in that regard to the Government next year,” she stated. McEntee added that the Programme for Government gives a “clear commitment” to establishing a gambling regulator “covering gambling online and in person, and the powers to regulate advertising, gambling websites and apps”.
“Given the size, complexity and technological development of the modern gambling industry and having regard to the outdated and complex arrangements, it will be important that the regulator will be established on a strong footing and adequately resourced to carry out this important task,” she said.