Dáil Éireann - Volume 507 - 29 June, 1999
Written Answers. - Gambling Legislation.
Mr. Currie Mr. Currie
243. Mr. Currie asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the context in which his Department recently inserted advertisements in the national press asking for representations on proposed changes in gambling legislation; the assurance, if any, he will give that no change is contemplated in legislation which will allow the establishment of casinos; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16566/99]
Mr. O'Donoghue Mr. O'Donoghue
 Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): On foot of a commitment contained in my Department's strategy statement for the years 1998 to 2000, I have recently established an interdepartmental group to undertake a review the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act.
The advertisements to which the Deputy refers were placed in order to facilitate members of the public and interested parties who may wish to contribute to the process. There are no specific proposals for legislative change in this area at present in my Department. Any such proposals which may emerge from the review process will be brought forward for debate in the normal manner.
The terms of reference of the review group are to review the regulatory environment within which gaming and lottery activities are carried out with particular reference to the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act, any other relevant or proposed Irish legislation, and international developments in the gaming and lotteries area; to identify the  issues arising from such a review and to make recommendations designed to address these issues in the context of securing a modern regulatory environment while fulfilling necessary social policy objectives; and to furnish a report on the above for consideration by the Minister and by Government by the end of 1999.
Dáil Éireann 507 Written Answers. Gambling Legislation.