First-Ever Gambling Regulatory Body Finally Appointed in Ireland

Daniel Williams

A long-awaited change in the oversight and control of the Irish gambling sector has finally happened this week. A senior civil servant has been appointed to the role of the first-ever gambling regulator in the country.

Anne Marie Caulfield was chosen as a chief executive officer representing the Gambling Regulatory Authority in Ireland as a result of an open competition for the position. In the period from 2008 to 2016, Ms Caulfield headed the Residential Tenancies Board and was responsible for the execution of several briefs while being part of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

The long-awaited legislation aimed at bringing much-needed reform to the local gambling industry that is planned to be established in 2023 will eventually see the regulatory body granted powers of enforcement, as well as a mandate to enhance the country’s protection for problem gamblers and more vulnerable people against gambling-related harm.

As explained by the competent authorities, the early appointment of a regulator – before the legislation aimed at establishing the regulatory authority has actually passed – aims at reducing the time between the regulator will get to work and the actual enactment of the new laws. For the time being, stricter and more adequate regulation of the Irish gambling industry is considered a key priority for the local Government, especially considering the fact campaigners had long been calling for such changes.

New Irish Gambling Regulator Set to Be Up and Running in 2023

As previously reported by Casino Guardian, the efforts to reform the gambling legislation in Ireland were first taken into consideration about a decade ago, with the proposed rules and regulations not progressing further for quite some time. Late in 2021, however, James Browne, the Junior Justice Minister of the country, published the general scheme of new gambling legislation.

Under the unveiled changes, the regulatory body would have received powers to impose various sanctions, including monetary penalties, on gambling operators that violate the rules and regulations.

At the time when the appointment of Ms Caulfield was officially announced, Junior Justice Minister James Browne shared that the country’s lawmakers are currently preparing the renewed legislation for publication in the autumn.

As he explained at the time, the implementation of the new rules and regulations is an extremely important part of the local Government’s work from a social perspective because it is expected to make an actual difference in preventing people from gambling-related harm and gambling addiction. Apart from that, Minister Browne highlighted that the reforms would ensure that the country’s gambling licensing and regulatory process is effective and up-to-date, in order to match the quick development of the industry.

As previously reported, the new regulatory body is expected to be established and up and running in 2023, although many campaigners have been calling for a launch date by the end of 2022 in response to the constantly increasing number of problem gamblers in the country over the recent months.

Daniel Williams

Daniel Williams has started his writing career as a freelance author at a local paper media. After working there for a couple of years and writing on various topics, he found his interest for the gambling industry.

Daniel Williams

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