Age limit was set at 16

Ireland raises minimum gambling age to 18

Minister of State for Justice, David Stanton, said he is concerned that local lotteries are acting without proper regulation.

| 14/07/2017

As part of the Government's attemp to modernize the gaming regulation in the country, the Cabinet approved the Courts and Civil Liabilities bill -which reforms the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956. The new legislation will be published in the coming days.

Minister of State for Justice, David Stanton, announced that local lawmakers are currently preparing a new legislation for an independent regulatory authority for the entire gambling industry.

The Act currently regulates gaming at carnivals, circuses, amusement halls, arcades, funfairs, as well as lotteries and raffles at sporting and entertainment events.

One of the keys aspect included in the bill is the principle of self-exclusion. This allows problem glamblers to request a self-exclusion for a set period of time – usually between six months and five years.

“This is an important issue.  It is also important the Government puts in place a proper regulatory structure around gambling, both to regulate an industry from which many people get much pleasure but also one which gives rise to people becoming addicted, impoverished and unwell as a consequence. Legislation in this area is long overdue,” said  Irish politician Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, in a statement cited by The


The bill would also increase the stakes and prize pot limits. Under the current law, a permit must be issued by a Garda superintendent for weekly lotteries up to €5,000.

Prize pots up to €30,000 must get a licence from the District Court.