Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Select Committee on Justice and Equality

Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019: Committee Stage

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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Reflecting on what my colleague said, I commend the Minister of State on taking the plunge. This is the first legislation in this area in a long time, and that is welcome as a start. There are many huge issues surrounding addiction, regulation and properly dealing with the huge amount of activity that is totally outside the scope of existing legislation, as well as the total lack of enforcement of that legislation. I would like an update on where we are with the principal legislation. Has drafting commenced? That is where the solution lies.

The Minister of State has tried to take this on. I understand that it is complex, but it needs to be accelerated.