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  • Interim Legislation To Update Outdated Gambling Laws (13 October 2017)

    Further to our recent update, the Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton, has expressed an intention to bring forward the long awaited Gambling Control Bill (the GCB) by the end of 2017. The Government's Legislation Programme for Autumn 2017 notes that work is underway on the GCB. However, there has been no further information on when the draft of the GCB will be published, which is the next substantive step. Hence, there is no real prospect of the GCB getting on to the statute books this year

  • Update on the Gambling Control Bill (07 June 2017)

    Significant reforms to Ireland’s outdated gambling laws have long been promised. Most notably, in July 2013 the Government published the draft scheme of the Gambling Control Bill (the Bill). That Bill proposes to modernise Ireland's legislative framework for all types of online and land-based gambling, but it has not advanced through the legislative process since its initial publication. There have, however, been recent positive signals that indicate the Bill may finally be moving to the formal legislative stages. Last month, the Minister of State for Justice, Mr. David Stanton, announced in response to a parliamentary question his intention to bring forward the Bill for Government approval and publication later in 2017.

  • When a bet's not a bet in Ireland (18 May 2017)

    In a recent decision by the Circuit Court in Ireland, it was held there is no legal guarantee under Irish law that gamblers will be paid their winnings as the applicable legislative regime in Ireland, the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 ("the 1956 Act"), prohibits the enforcement of gambling contracts. Joe Kelly, Partner, and Head of Gaming & Betting, discusses the wider implications of this court decision for the Irish gambling industry. This article was published in the May 2017 edition of EGR Intel.

  • Countering Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing in Gambling - A missed opportunity for Ireland? (25 November 2015)

    With the increased, Europe-wide focus on countering money laundering and terrorist financing in recent years, it is an anomaly that Irish anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing laws have not to date been extended to cover land-based or online bookmakers or gaming operators

  • Updated Irish ad code beefs up gambling requirements (27 October 2015)

    The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (‘ASAI’), an independent self-regulatory body, published on 17 September the seventh edition of its Code of Standards for Advertising and Marketing, of which Section 10 now specifically covers gambling; the latest Code is due to take effect on 1 March 2016.

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