Ireland appoints first ever gambling regulator


The Irish government has appointed the first CEO of its new Gambling Regulatory Authority. The appointment of Anne Marie Caulfield was announced by Ireland’s Minister of State with responsibility for Law Reform, James Browne.

Ms. Caulfield, who was previously Director of the Residential Tenancies Board, says that “effective and efficient regulation of this sector is crucial, and I relish the challenge of putting that framework in place”.

The new Authority will have responsibility for regulating both in-person and online gambling, gambling advertising, websites and apps. Provision will also be made by the Authority for regulation in respect of the protection of vulnerable persons.

The Irish government has been slow to regulate gambling arena, but it is now expected that the authority will commence operations soon after the draft Gambling Regulation Bill is enacted, with the Authority becoming fully operational in 2023.

Conor Grant, CEO of Flutter Entertainment’s UK & Ireland Division, commented: “As a long-standing advocate of evidence-based measures and a well-resourced regulator, Flutter welcomes the appointment of Anne Marie Caulfield as Chief Executive Designate of the Gambling Regulatory Authority. This represents clear progress towards the establishment of the Authority, which should have broad powers to respond to the dynamic and fast-paced nature of our industry.”

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