Ireland Considers Law Change That Would Allow Super-casinos


28th December, 2010 at 03:38:52

Resort-style Casinos Could Be Coming to Ireland If Gaming Laws Are Passed

Ireland’s Justice Ministry has suggested that 'resort style' casinos and smaller gambling venues could be introduced into the country.

In a discussion paper released today, the Justice Ministry said Licenses for a ‛limited“ number of casino resorts, with accommodation facilities may be granted with the approval of the local community. Gaming tax and a licence fee would be collected in accordance with the paper.

‛Our existing laws regulating gambling are not fit for purpose in this age of global mass communication,“ Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said in a statement. Today’s initiative is, therefore, a major step on the road towards developing a new fully regulated environment for the sector,“ he added.

Exisiting ‘private member’ clubs would not be able to apply for the new licences and would therefore have to stop trading. The new casino resorts would have a limit of 15 gambling tables and a restriction on the number of gaming machines they could offer. The licence fee would be calculated by the size of the venue, according to the paper.

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