The Irish government is looking to recruit a CEO for its new gambling regulator, justice minister James Browne confirmed.
Responding to a question from deputy Paul Donnelly, Browne assured representatives that the recruitment search would be wide reaching.
“The Public Appointments Service is managing the recruitment in conjunction with an Executive Search Agency,” he stated. “The Programme for Government gives a clear commitment to establish a gambling regulator focused on public safety and wellbeing, covering gambling online and in person, and the powers to regulate advertising, gambling websites and apps.”
Introducing a gambling regulator was one of the core objectives of the Interim Gaming and Lotteries Act, passed by the Dáil in December 2020. The Gambling Regulation Bill, which will set out the framework for the creation of the Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland, has been approved by the government for priority drafting and publication. Browne confirmed that the drafting of the bill is underway.
Additionally, in order to ensure the Authority can quickly commence operations, a Programme Board has been established to ensure that operational procedures are “progressed in parallel” with the legislation.