Government announce legislation will be made to change gambling laws in Ireland
Changes are on the way in the world of online gambling.
The government have approved that a legislation will be drafted in an attempt to modernise the laws with regards to online gambling.
The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019 will aim to modernise range of other issues in interim including standardising minimum gambling age at 18.
The subject was discussed in the Dáil on Wednesday, as well as the establishment of a social fund for gambling addiction research
Speaking about the changes that are due to be made, Minister of State with special responsibility for gambling regulation, David Stanton TD said:
"A modern and effectively regulated gambling environment will ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that gambling will be a safe, fair and entertaining activity for the majority of those who choose to take part in it.
"We must ensure that it will provide enhanced consumer protection for players while limiting to the greatest extent possible the harmful effects on young people and those who may be susceptible to addiction."
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the news in a post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday evening.
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