Ministers from the Irish Cabinet passed the Courts and Civil Liabilities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill yesterday afternoon which would raise the minimum age from 16 to 18 years to participate in and enter gambling venues. The Legislation will not come into force until the government releases the full text.
At present under the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956, 16-year-olds can enter the venues like carnivals, circuses, arcades and amusement halls that have slot machines, funfairs and sports betting events. The amendment to this existing legislation prohibits the individuals under the age of 18 years to enter these venues. The bill will Further clarify existing legislative language governing sporting club lotteries and raffles while introducing a uniform age limit for gambling to set at 18 years.
The bill is aimed to establish better control and regulations on the Irish gambling industry. Due to the complexities surrounding its implementation the legislation has been delayed for some time.