Draft legislation providing for the establishment of a new Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland is set to be published by the government. The Gambling Regulation Bill sets out the framework and legislative basis for the establishment of the new independent statutory body and for a "robust regula
Senior civil servant Anne Marie Caulfield has been appointed as CEO designate of the new Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland, which is due to be established under forthcoming legislation. James Browne, the minister of state with responsibility for law reform, said the early appointment would en
Matthew Howse, partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, highlights recent changes to gaming laws in Northern Ireland. For years, people in this part of the world have been used to seeing “Northern Ireland excluded” or “does not apply in Northern Ireland” on their TV screen
Richard Armstrong, partner at Arthur Cox, examines recent changes in gaming and betting law in Northern Ireland. On 26 April 2022, the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 was granted Royal Assent. The 2022 Act was brought into force in response to the Re
The most significant changes to Northern Ireland's gambling laws in nearly 40 years have been approved by MLAs. The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill, presented as the first in a two-phase approach to the reform of gambling regulation in Northern Ireland, completed its final
A new independent gambling regulator will become operational in 2023 under plans approved by ministers this week. The general scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill, published yesterday, will create a new Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland covering both online and in-person gambling, with powe
Legislation to introduce the most significant reforms to Northern Ireland's gambling laws in over 35 years will be introduced within weeks. Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey today announced a "two-phased approach", with immediate legislation to be followed in the longer-term with the introduction
The Gambling Regulator is on track to come into operation in early 2023 following "good progress" within the Department of Justice. James Browne, minister of state for law reform, yesterday briefed ministers on the work to establish the long-promised new authority.
Brian Hunt, partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, explores the history of gambling law reform in Ireland. The regulation of betting activities has always been distinct from that which applied to gaming and lotteries. The licensing of bookmakers in Ireland was first provided for by the Betting Act of 1926 (l
A major review of UK gambling laws has been announced alongside an increase in the minimum age for playing the National Lottery from 16 to 18. The review of the Gambling Act 2005 will look at online restrictions including stake and spend limits, advertising and promotional offers, and the powers of
Legislation modernising the licensing and promotion of local gaming and lottery activity has been brought into effect. The government has described the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act 2019 as an "interim reform measure pending the comprehensive reform of gambling in Ireland".
Plans to regulate gambling in Northern Ireland are due to be set out after a public consultation found overwhelming support for a new independent regulator. Around 90 per cent of 382 responses to the Department for Communities' consultation on gambling laws supported the establishment of a regulator
A new ban on gambling with credit cards should be extended to Northern Ireland, the Alliance Party has said. The ban came into effect across Great Britain with effect from yesterday following reviews and consultations by the Gambling Commission and the UK government.
Online gambling business Betway is to pay £11.6 million for a series of social responsibility and money laundering failings linked to dealings with seven of its high spending customers. In one instance, the operator failed to carry out source of funds checks on a ‘VIP’ customer who
Proposals to establish an independent statutory Irish gambling regulatory authority have been given the go-ahead by ministers. The new authority, to be formed under the auspices of the Department of Justice, forms the key plank of the report of the Inter-Departmental Working Group on the Future Lice