Gambling laws under review in Northern Ireland
The Minister for Social Development in Northern Ireland, Margaret Ritchie, has just announced that NI’s gambling laws will be under review as the current legislation, which dates back to 1985, are “not robust enough to deal with modern gambling”.
Back in 2006 the British government did plans for new laws in NI, which included Sunday opening hours for Bookmakers and bingo halls, but the laws were never introduced, which was planned for 2008, due to devolution.
The minister said, “Current legislation is old, inflexible and hard to understand and the gambling market has moved on. There are new products and new ways of gambling that the current law never envisaged. It is in everyone's interests that the gambling industry is regulated effectively which is why I am initiating this review.”