Irish Government Dismisses Bingo Hall, Greyhound Welfare Concerns

Irish government ministers have fought back against claims that new legal requirements threaten the future of bingo hall operators and say greyhound welfare statistics have been skewed.

The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019, intended as an interim reform as the country works to revise and update its primary gambling legislation, forces bingo hall operators, which act as agents for lottery licence holders, to claim only a maximum of 25 percent of the proceeds they raise.

On December 4, politicians in parliament voted in favour of advancing the bill to report stage, meaning each section of the bill has been approved.

However, a series of last-minute amendments introduced by the Sinn Féin party alleviated many of the bingo hall operators fears.

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