Ireland’s junior justice minister David Stanton has promised that a report on reforms for gambling will be completed by the autumn.
The industry is still waiting for one of two Gambling Control Bills to be pushed forward by the government, while in the meantime operators must continue to make-do with legislation from 1956.
“It is something we are determined to tackle as a government and we would hope to have the heads of the bill introduced as soon as possible,” said Stanton.
Meanwhile, president Michael D Higgins surprised Ireland’s betting industry by calling for new regulations to restrict advertising around sports betting. He said that “for too long in Ireland we often ignore problems that are staring us in the face”.
However, concerns around sports betting advertising is a relatively modern complaint against the industry – and indeed only a symptom of a much larger, long-standing problem. That is, of course, the need for a proper industry regulator, and it’s a problem that has been staring the Irish government in the face for decades.