- Nine in ten people want Northern Ireland regulatory body
- Calls to also legalise casinos, extend bookmaker hours
- Minister expected to make announcement in weeks
There is "strong support" for the creation of a gambling regulator for Northern Ireland and to generally relax gambling laws in the region, according to a public consultation.
More than nine out of ten of nearly 400 individuals and interested parties who responded to the Department for Communities consultation earlier this year support the introduction of a regulatory body for the industry.
Unlike the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland is outside the jurisdiction of the Gambling Commission.
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