Elements of Ireland’s new gambling laws like a ‘bucket full of holes,’ critic says

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Elements of Ireland’s new gambling laws like a ‘bucket full of holes,’ critic says

Article brief provided by Irish Examiner
  • Sean Murray, Irish Examiner
December 7, 2022 6:21 PM
  • Sean Murray, Irish Examiner
  • Ireland
  • Commercial Casinos
  • Igaming
  • Sports Betting

Sections of Ireland’s proposed new gambling legislation have been likened to a “bucket full of holes” by a leading advocate for tougher curbs on the industry, who has urged the Government to shore up the plans before they become law.

Issues identified include proposals for self-exclusion for problem gamblers, a lack of clarity over the ban on gaming machines in pubs, and the lack of details around the operation of a ‘social impact fund’ to provide treatment for problem gamblers.

In mid-November, the Government approved far-reaching gambling legislation aimed at curbing the damaging impact of problem gambling and to bring Ireland’s gambling laws into the 21st century.