Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Gambling Sector

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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155. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her Department will be bringing forward legislation to regulate the area of online gambling and gambling advertising given the lack of regulation combined with scale and nature of problem gambling which has been extenuated during the public health lockdowns. [37242/20]

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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The Programme for Government gives a clear commitment to establish a gambling regulator focused on public safety and well-being, covering gambling online and in person, and the powers to regulate advertising, gambling websites and apps.

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 Government next year.

Given the size, complexity and technological development of the modern gambling industry and having regard to the current outdated and complex arrangements, it will be important that the regulator will be established on a strong footing and adequately resourced to carry out this important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.

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