Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tag: Northern Ireland

Illegal gambling “rife” in Northern Ireland

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Two Northern Irish bookmakers have told Stormont representatives that illegal casinos are “rife” in the country, as part of a Communities Committee hearing into updating regulation.

Northern Ireland look to Gambling Commission playbook for tighter regulations

Northern Ireland look to Gambling Commission playbook for tighter regulations
Northern Ireland Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has urged Stormont Assembly ministers to support amendments that will tighten the country’s gambling laws - and allow bingo and betting on Sundays.

Four decades on and Northern Ireland’s gaming legislation finally plans to enter the 21st century

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It’s been 36 years since any meaningful changes were made to Northern Ireland’s gambling laws. This week, though, the industry’s journey through that time tunnel is beginning.

Conway Brothers expand into retail

Conway Brothers expand in to retail
Northern Irish amusement operators the Conway Brothers have expanded into new territory, with a 2,000 sq ft retail and petrol station in Cookstown.

DUP MP backs Barry’s Amusements

DUP backing Barry's Amusements
The DUP member of parliament for East Londonderry has backed the preservation of Barry’s Amusements as a leisure attraction, stating enhancement of the Portrush landmark is “by far the preferred outcome.”

Northern Ireland casino on cards as Executive overhauls legislation

Northern Ireland communities minister overhauling gambling laws
Northern Ireland’s communities minister has announced a twopronged strategy for updating gambling legislation, after a public consultation revealed huge support for regulation relaxation.

Barry’s Amusements site on the market

Barry's Amusements County Antrim
The site of iconic attraction Barry’s Amusements is up for sale for £2.75m, with its new agents advertising the plot as “the last true seafront site available in Portrush Town.”

Northern Ireland arcades earmark return to action on 24 May

Northern Ireland AGCs Bingo reopening date
Northern Ireland’s arcades and bingo halls have been given a provisional reopening date of 24 May by the country’s Executive, one week later than counterparts in England, Wales and Scotland.

Airtastic Entertainment Centre re-opens after expansion

Airtastic Entertainment Bangor
The Airtastic Entertainment Centre in Bangor has reopened its doors, following an extensive redevelopment to add an arcade, soft play area and cafe to its inflatable offering.

Northern Ireland turns staycation corner

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Last year was a record breaking one for tourism in Northern Ireland according to government figures, with the continuing staycation boom making up close to half of all trips. The tourism industry in Northern Ireland contributed an all time high £926m to the national economy in 2017 according to recently released statistics. The country welcomed some 4.85m overnight trips throughout the...

Northern Ireland tourism VAT consultation targets UK-wide cut

Last month the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, visited Belfast to discuss the current consultation on VAT and APD with Northern Irish business leaders before the deadline closed on 5 June. In the meeting, Stride urged the tourism industry in Northern Ireland to contribute their views to the consultation into the rate of VAT and APD levied...

Dungannon approves arcade application, but highlights machines’ identity crisis

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Northern Ireland is not the easiest market to navigate for the gaming sector. Not because the market isn’t right, that couldn’t be further from the truth, but the politics...? The political arena has often found itself out of step with the innovative industry and the recent meanderings of some councillors in Tyrone are a perfect case in point. Except...

FOBT cut won’t count for Northern Ireland

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While England and Wales look forward to moving past the FOBT debate, the issue will remain a cause of contention in Northern Ireland, with the country continuing without devolved government as it decides if the controversial terminals are even legal. Northern Ireland’s Department of Communities has said the country cannot consider following England and Wales’ lead on last week’s cut...

Derry judge overturns council’s licence rejection in landmark ruling

Derry will have its own Oasis thanks to a court appeal victory for the amusements operator. But the decision is far more than a licence, it’s a warning sign to local councils that they must uphold the law and, notably, open businesses up on the high street rather than pulling the shutters down on them.   A court judgement in Derry,...

Tourist tax proposals ‘nonsensical’ as industry awaits Northern Ireland VAT review

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As Scotland and Liverpool consider more ways to implement a tourism tax in the form of a nightly charge, the Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT has warned against further decreasing the competitiveness of Britain’s tourism industry.   Politicians in Scotland and Liverpool are urging their respective governments to devolve the power to implement a nightly tourism levy to local councils, a...

Fresh attempt to bring casinos to Belfast

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Belfast City Council is to start a public consultation on plans to bring the country’s first casino to the capital, ahead of discussions over licensing law changes.   A consultation document has been drafted and is to circulate 11 December to 5 March. This follows the introduction of a motion last month that aims to update laws governing gaming practices in...

Law and order: Northern Ireland faces a test of out-of-date laws versus an out-of-control machine

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    The regulatory fog that engulfs the Northern Ireland gambling market has got that little bit thicker, if that was at all possible. The bête noir of gaming machines, the FOBT, has finally succumbed to the law enforcers with the police arresting a bookmaker last week for a seeming breach of Northern Ireland’s gambling laws. Charges, however, now rest in...

Comment: Let Northern Ireland tourism reach its full potential, says Cut Tourism VAT boss

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Dermot King, chairman of the Cut Tourism VAT campaign, explains that a VAT tax cut from the ongoing consultation would offer growth spurt to tourism in Northern Ireland.   Tourism is a strategic industry for Northern Ireland,where we are the face of the region to 4.5m visits each year, bringing in £850m in total revenue and accounting for four percent of...

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...

Derry’s local authority in disarray over permit

Coinslot - Derry's authority permit permit
After its decision to refuse Oasis Retail Services’ arcade permit was overturned in court, Derry City and Strabane District Council has decided to repeat its misdemeanour, rejecting another operator’s application. To top it all, the council is now considering appealing the court ruling, all at the local ratepayers’ expense. The battle for the right to trade is raging in...