Charities have ‘serious concern’ that new gambling laws will harm fundraising

Dublin charity tells government that new rules around gambling and gaming will have a ‘radical’ impact on their ability to raise money

James Browne: Minister of State at Department of Justice published new gambling regulation bill in December 2022. Picture: Bryan Meade

Parts of Ireland’s new gambling laws are causing “serious concern” for charities and may leave them having to compete with global betting conglomerates for advertising space, the government has been warned.

Elements of the gambling regulation bill could also do reputational damage to Ireland’s charities by allowing groups who may not be registered charities to gain a licence to operate gaming activities on the basis that they are carrying out charitable or philanthropic work, the ...