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Ireland: New law to license casino gaming in private clubs

2 March 2009

IRELAND -- As reported by the Irish Times: "The government is to begin regulating and licensing casino clubs in a first step towards overhauling current gambling legislation.

"Legislation to control casino gaming in private members' clubs is to be included in a new anti-money laundering Bill to be published shortly.

"Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has decided to press ahead with liberalisation of gambling laws despite the absence of cross-party agreement on the issue. Plans to establish an all-party committee on gambling reform floundered after the Labour Party and the Government disagreed on its remit.

"Mr Ahern, with Government approval, now plans a two-step approach, first by setting up a casino gaming control section in his department to register and control the operation of casinos on an interim basis.

"This section will then draw up legislation for a revised gambling code..."

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