Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (231)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

231. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the number of illegal gambling machines seized or otherwise put out of service in each of the past five years by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13822/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Section 43 of the Finance Act 1975 provides that any gaming machine which is made available for play in a public place without a Gaming Machine Licence is liable to forfeiture and may be seized.

I am advised by Revenue that it started a compliance project in 2017 on the gaming and amusement sector, including compliance with licensing laws. The following table sets out the number of seizures of gaming machines under the provisions of Section 43, by county, in the years requested by the Deputy.

Gaming Machines Seized by County

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

(to date)

Totals

Donegal

0

82

0

82

Dublin

0

58

110

168

Kildare/Louth /Wexford*

0

18

25

43

Totals

0

158

135

293

*Due to the smaller number of cases in some counties, data has been aggregated to ensure taxpayer confidentiality.