Ireland proposes point-of-consumption licensing

Ireland proposes point-of-consumption licensing

Friday, July 19, 2013 Totally Gaming

The Irish government is in the process of drafting legislation that includes point-of-consumption licensing for any operator targeting players based in the country. Alan Shatter TD, minister for justice, equality and defence confirmed that work is under way to complete the drafting of Gambling Control Bill 2013, which will extend the licensing regime to include online gambling.

He said that the new bill will also repeal and replace all existing arrangements for the regulation of betting, gaming, bingo and lotteries, with the exception of the National Lottery. He explained: "Under the new law, anyone offering a gambling service to anyone in the state, by whatever means and regardless of whether the operator is based in the state or elsewhere, must have a licence.  A new executive agency will act as both the licensing authority and regulator for the sector, and will have responsibility for checking compliance and in enforcing the law generally. The agency will be self-financing, from licence fees and other charges.”

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