Irish Legislators Want To Know Why Government Is Issuing ‘Illegal’ Gaming Licenses report

Online casino and slot operators in Ireland are receiving licenses that allow them to legally offer their platforms. The only problem is that they are not entitled to licenses, and lawmakers now want to know what’s going on.

There’s plenty of access to legal sports betting in Ireland, with laws and regulations on the books since 2015. There is also legal coverage for land-based casinos. However, it would seem that Irish authorities are giving online “sports betting” licenses to operators who have nothing to do with sports betting.

Verona Murphy, a legislator in Ireland’s lower house of parliament, wants to know why this is happening, according to The Irish Sun. She has lodged her concerns with Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Bending the Laws

The Irish government’s revenue department is responsible for issuing gaming licenses, provided the operator’s activity falls within the legal scope of permissible options. For now, this means online sports betting, with no slots or casinos.

However, Murphy, the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association, discovered that a number of licensed online platforms aren’t putting up lines for NFL or EPL games. Instead, they only offer online gambling options. As a result, these platforms have legal authorization to offer illegal activity across Ireland.

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Irish Lawmakers Want To Know Why Government Is Issuing ‘Illegal’ Gaming Licenses