Ireland Places Gambling Bans that Restrict Individuals Under the Age of Eighteen

Ireland has placed a ban on gambling for all individuals under the age of eighteen. This age limit is being put into place for all forms of gambling under the direction of the new legislation for Ireland. The Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 has been modernized with the use of a new bill. The bill falls under miscellaneous provisions and has received approval by the Irish Cabinet under the new Courts and Civil Liabilities.

Currently, the law only has the ability to regulate any gaming taking place at carnivals, arcades, amusement halls, circuses, and fun fairs. The law additionally affects all raffles and lotteries taking place at entertainment and sporting events. Any individuals age sixteen or over can still enter an arcade or amusement hall even if it contains slot machines.

The legislation has already been approved and puts a uniform age limit on gambling. The age limit has been placed at eighteen and clear guidelines regarding the governing of raffles and sporting club lotteries have been set. This includes an increase in the prize pot limits and the stakes.

David Stanton is the Minister of State for Justice and part of the Irish Independent. As reported by the Journal website he recently conducted an interview where he discussed his concerns that the local raffles and lotteries had begun taking actions without first receiving the proper regulations and authority. According to the current law, a permit has to be obtained for all prizes up to €5,000 or £4,453. if the prize pot lottery is €30,000 or greater a license must be obtained from the District Court. The minister believes the breaches of this law are occurring because there is a misunderstanding of the current legislation and a lack of awareness regarding this law. The new law is expected to increase the limits of these prizes.

Reports show Stanton is currently preparing a bill to establish an independent regulatory authority that will cover the entire gambling industry for Ireland. Self-exclusion is expected to be the main aspect of the bill. This would allow gambling addicts to request establishments to refuse them for a specific period of time. Unfortunately, due to the complexities involved with the implementation, this bill has been delayed.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has discussed the importance of the Government implementing a proper regulatory structure around the industry of gambling. He believes this would regulate the gambling industry which has the dual effect of giving a lot of people pleasure and causing consequences including becoming impoverished, addicted and unwell. He feels the consequences require legislation that has become overdue.