Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (34)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Ceist:

34. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice the status of the establishment of a gambling regulator. [22852/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Programme for Government, gives a clear commitment to establish a gambling regulator focused on public safety and wellbeing, covering gambling online and in person, and the powers to regulate advertising, gambling websites and apps.

Work is currently underway in my Department on the development of the legislation to provide for the necessary modern licensing and regulatory provisions for the Irish gambling industry. I hope to bring proposals in that regard to Government next year.

Given the size, complexity and technological development of the modern gambling industry and having regard to the current outdated and complex arrangements, it will be important that the regulator will be established on a strong footing and adequately resourced to carry out this important task.