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Ulster still on VAT backfoot against Republic, say observers

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A budgetary increase in VAT paid by the hospitality sector in the Republic of Ireland still leaves Northern Irish counterparts at a pronounced competitive disadvantage, claim industry campaigners. As of 2019, VAT paid on hospitality services in the Republic will rise from 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent - but across the border the UK government continues to enforce...

Ireland to double-up on gambling taxation in new budget

An imminent rise in gambling tax to two per cent could see large swathes of Ireland’s landed betting trade, and maybe other gaming sectors, hewn away, say industry advocates. Budget 2019 in the Republic of Ireland is set to double the rate of gambling revenues, from one to two per cent. Finance minister Pascal Donohoe has included the proposal as a...

Instance Automatics secures UK and Irish market for US “after you eat treat”

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Instance Automatics has secured the exclusive rights to market US confectionary product Zollipops in the UK and Irish leisure, amusement and fairground market. The sugar-free, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher compliant lollipop will be made available by the amusement arcade supplier as a healthier alternative to sugar-rich sweets. “Many of the companies we deal with are looking for a...

Rise of payment technology to feature heavily at ACOS

GeWeTe
GeWeTe’s UK and Ireland sales manager Mark Edmundson talks expo timing and the importance of finding that important touch point for the industry ahead of the new year. Coinslot: In broader terms, how have you assessed the summer season? Mark Edmundson: “This year has been unusual with the weather being so good for such a long period, allowing people to plan...

Gaming revenue up as Ireland gets tough on grey-market operators

Northern Ireland
A crackdown on unlicensed gaming machines in the Republic of Ireland has led to a massive jump in licence requests from operators, according to new data released by the country’s Department of Finance. Under Eire’s archaic gaming laws, each individual slot machine is required to display a valid excise licence issued by the Irish Revenue. In 2016, just over 6,000...

Irish government promise legislative movement

Ireland
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...

Prejudice and prohibition: Council plan blanket ban County Cork

Cork City Hall
While two delayed Gambling Control Bills hold up national legislation, local authorities in Ireland are running amok, with Fermoy municipal district council pursuing a prohibition of gaming arcades throughout the whole of County Cork. Members of Fermoy municipal district council are aiming to ban gaming arcades throughout the whole of County Cork by widening a town council bylaw first used...

A very Irish ‘crackdown’: Rearranging the deckchairs on a titanic failure to legislate

Northern Ireland
Following a report in The Times, the Irish government is looking to find a quick fix for the gambling industry’s dilapidated legislative framework. Meanwhile, comprehensive proposals gather dust, and trade associations lose patience. Unlicensed ‘casino-style’ gaming machines will be seized, promised Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s finance minister, in response to a parliamentary question raised in light of a recent report in...

The Regulatory “Wild West”: Irish ministers bicker while industry makes-do

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For four decades, Ireland’s gaming and amusements trade association have lobbied successive governments to update the country’s archaic legislation. For four decades, Irish ministers have left the gambling industry to develop into a regulatory “Wild West” - forcing operators to make the best of a bad situation. And yet, still no solution. Despite being told for over forty years that...

Leading the Irish redemption revolution

Redemption Tobyco
In ever growing numbers Irish operators are finding the benefits that a strong redemption machine estate can bring, comments Shane Murphy, MD of Tobyco. Ireland is opening itself up to redemption gaming and the positive consumer engagement the form brings. At the forefront of this growing market is national supplier Tobyco, with its vast product portfolio and in-depth industry knowledge...

Ireland speculates on gambling figures before Dáil debate

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Putting pressure on Fine Gael over its slow-moving Gambling Control Bill, opposition party Fianna Fail took some rather speculatory advice on problem gambling statistics ahead of this week’s Dáil debate. Ahead of a debate on the Fianna Fail’s gambling bill this week, Irish politicians listened to advice from Maebh Leahy, chief executive of the Rutland Centre. Leahy said she believed the...

Irish theme park to install £20m solar farm

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Ireland’s only theme park, Tayto Park, is set to be powered by one of two new solar farms after approval was granted by Meath County Council.   The development, proposed by Tayto Park owner Raymond Coyle, will see a 35MW farm with over 120,000 panels installed on land adjacent to the theme park in Ashbourne, with a reported price tag of...

Ireland’s opposition party piles on the pressure

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In last week’s Coinslot, David Hickson of the Gaming and Leisure Association of Ireland spoke of a race to the Dáil floor for the country’s two proposed Gambling Control Bills from Ireland’s two major parties. This week, opposition party Fianna Fáil pressured Fine Gael further on its long-delayed legislation.   Ireland’s opposition party, Fianna Fail, has accused the government of intentionally...

Electrocoin returning to Irish Gaming Show

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  Electrocoin will be at this year’s Irish Gaming Show backed by a considerable cross section of its broad portfolio.   After a number of years away, Electrocoin returns to the 2018 Irish Gaming Show and will be displaying a variety of products for the single site, arcade and FEC sectors. Stern Pinball will have a presence at the show, displaying the Star...

JNC Sales: Supplying an evolving market

Coinslot JNC Pushers Gary Newman
The ever-evolving Irish market is opening up to new redemption possibilities, comments Gary Newman, sales executive at JNC Sales, and the Irish Gaming Show is the perfect time for the company to show its related portfolio.   Coinslot: From your perspective how do you assess the Irish gaming market? Gary Newman: We’ve certainly seen a growing demand at the show for our...

Suzohapp in Ireland: Strong client relations weather regulatory uncertainty

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John Vallis, Suzohapp’s vice-president of gaming and amusements EMEA, comments on the company’s long-standing dedication to the Irish market, and how it is poised for continued success in an uncertain regulatory climate.   Coinslot: The Irish gaming market is looking for change. How do you view it? John Vallis: We have been active in the Irish market for many years. This is...

IATA: Resolute for comprehensive regulation

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With gambling regulation unmoved since the last Irish Gaming Show - and indeed long before, the Irish Amusement Trades Association (IATA) has taken its case beyond national government to the European Union, where the association is determined to drive real change to the long-outdated prosiding legislation.   The Irish Amusement Trades Association is “determined” to push its government towards comprehensive gambling...

A 2020 vision for Irish gaming

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Representing private members clubs in the country, the Gaming & Leisure Association of Ireland (GLAI) has been calling for an overhaul of regulation since 2006. Twelve years on, as Gambling Control Bills from both sides of the political aisle race to the Daíl floor, David Hickson, director of the GLAI, believes 2020 could be the year legislation is passed...

Irish operators stage successful Responsible Gambling Week

Ireland launch Responsible
Responsible Gambling Week (RWG) in Ireland has been deemed a success following strong national coverage and increased player engagement around social responsibility.   With the whole Irish industry banding together, the campaign will look to run again next year - potentially in the same week as the UK’s own RGW. Sharon Byrne, chairperson for the Irish Bookmakers Association, commented: “The aim of...

Irish bookmakers call for regulation

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  In its dedicated responsible gambling week, Irish bookmakers have called for an independent regulator to be established as soon as possible to investigate measures needed for increased social responsibility.   The Irish Bookmakers Association will meet members of the Dáil and Seanad last week as part of a push for full regulation of the sector. Sharon Byrne, chair- woman of the association,...

Ireland to launch Responsible Gambling Week

Ireland launch Responsible
Following the British campaign last October, Ireland’s gambling sector has joined together to launch the nation’s first Responsible Gambling Week, which will run from 5-11 February.   The week is being supported by retail and online bookmakers, online casinos, racecourses and greyhound tracks, arcades, gaming clubs and the Tote under the campaign slogan ‘A great tip - know when to stop’. Ireland’s...

Ireland’s trade bodies fear further regulation delay

Coinslot UDC Joshua Hurst Ireland trade regulation iata
Industry trade bodies in Ireland have called on the government to speed up with the proposed Gambling Control Bill, stating a public consultation on proposed amendments will be used to further delay legislation.   In July, junior justice minister David Stanton approved work to begin drafting legislation to make 23 amendments in a wide ranging new bill called the Courts and...

Ireland agrees to retain low tourism VAT rate

Coinslot - Ireland VAT
The Republic of Ireland’s legislators have decided to make their temporary nine percent tourism VAT permanent.   The tourism trade in the Republic of Ireland are rejoicing at the news that fears their ‘special’ nine percent VAT rate would be scrapped in the 2018 budget are no longer founded. State officials have now come to an agreement that the lower tax rate,...

Tourism VAT rise under review as Ireland prepares for Brexit

ireland tourism
The future of the Irish tourism industry post-Brexit has once more been brought to fore. Whilst a state tourism body has stepped in to alleviate fears, moves to increase tourism VAT has served to do the opposite.   Legislators in Ireland are planning to increase certain tax values in fear that Brexit will cost them considerable amounts of money. Ireland are...

Irish regulation up for debate in the wake of 888

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Although an ongoing debate for the last four years, Ireland’s gambling regulation received a piecemeal proposal just last month, suggesting an update to stakes and prizes among other things.   As the UK’s regulator imposes a serious financial penalty on one online operator, discussions are heating up across the Irish sea. Following 888’s £7.8m fine by the UK’s regulator, a member of...

Ireland proposes “totally unsatisfactory” stake and prize modernisation as Gambling Control Bill remains under review

ireland tourism
A maximum stake of E10 and a maximum prize of E750 - up from 3c and 63.5c respectively - have been proposed for gaming machines in Ireland, with the country’s Department of Justice publishing The General Scheme of the Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 on its website.   The Irish Amusements Trade Association responded stating:“I.A.T.A.'s position remains that...

The Emerald Isle demands low tourism VAT

Low tourism VAT demanded from both sides of The Emerald Isle
While the Ireland-UK border debate continues to take main stage, calls emphasising the importance of a low tourism VAT rate have emerged from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. As Northern Irish businesses await a report into lowering tourism VAT and the rest of the UK continues campaigning, the Republic of Ireland’s tourism minister has said his country’s lower...

Ireland’s raised age limit a “piecemeal effort” at gambling reform

Coinslot - Ireland age limit gambling reform
The beginning of long-awaited gambling reform in Ireland has finally come to fruition, however the Irish Amusements Trade Association believe “this piecemeal effort” does nothing to bring the country’s legislation to where it should be.   The minimum age limit for all forms of gambling in the Republic of Ireland is to be set at 18 years old under new legislation...

Court overturns council decision to refuse new Derry AGC

Coinslot - Court Derry AGC
Following a permit refusal from the council for its new AGC site, operator Oasis Retail Services has successfully appealed the decision in court.   Derry court has granted permission for a new AGC to open in the city centre after a judge quashed the council’s decision to refuse the permit. The decision was made at a hearing of the Court of Appeal...

Lawrence Amusements in Girvan up for sale after 55 years

Girvan Lawrence's
After 55 years under family management, Lawrence’s Amusements in Girvan is ready to change hands. Having worked in the arcade since the age of eleven, Rita Richmond, and her husband Lawrie, discuss what is set to be their last season in the industry.   After offering an oasis of entertainment to the many holidaymakers and travellers between Scotland and Ireland for...

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