Irish Minister Expects Sweeping Gambling Reforms From 2019-2020 (Update)

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jan 6, 2019

Five years behind schedule…

David Stanton, Irish Minister of State with responsibility for the gambling industry has told the Irish Times he is “frustrated” at the delay in gambling reforms which are now running five years behind schedule.

Stanton cited ‘enormous’ changes in the industry, specifically remote gambling offered by local and offshore operators, as the main reason for the delay.

The minister expects to publish proposed changes to the archaic Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 during 2019 to include the remote gaming sector.

Further changes would be proposed in a draft Gambling Control Bill which will include an independent regulator employing up to 100 people who would be responsible for dealing with gambling addiction, advertising, sponsorship, underage gambling, promotions, and online offerings including “games”, “virtual betting” and continuous betting.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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