Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Ceisteanna (105)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

105. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding gaming lotteries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39038/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that the law regulating the licensing of gaming machines is set out in Part III of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956. In that Part, licensing requires a local authority resolution, a District Court certificate and a licence, upon payment of the relevant fees, issued by the Revenue Commissioners.

The Minister for Justice and Equality has no role in this process, apart from setting stake and prize amounts. The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019, currently awaiting Report Stage in the Dáil proposes to update those amounts to a more realistic level.

The machines referred to by the Deputy will not be permitted through the amendment proposed to the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956.