Ireland Could Benefit From UIGEA
By Staff
In Ireland, a Government working group has announced that the nation could only benefit from reforms to its gambling law along with the effects of the American ban on online gaming under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006.

After two years of research, the Casino Committee has announced that current Irish gambling laws prohibiting casinos should be liberalised. In addition, the group stated that the nation should take advantage of the online gambling ban in the US, which has forced many virtual casinos and sportsbetting websites to look for new sources of revenue.

'The recent United States prohibition of payment mechanisms for gambling online presents a window of opportunity for Ireland,” read a statement released by the Casino Committee.

“Should this opportunity be grasped within the appropriate timescale, Ireland, as a gaming friendly centre of excellence, can reasonably expect to attract a reasonable portion of this dynamic industry.”

Ireland has undergone somewhat of an economic boom over the past decade thanks, in part, to its ability to attract foreign investors, especially in the IT sphere, due to a low corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent. Foreign firms such as CryptoLogic, Google and Yahoo have set up European headquarters in Dublin with another major factor being the quality of the Irish workforce.

The Committee stated that online gambling, if legalised in Ireland, should be closely monitored and controlled in order to prevent minors from gambling and curb gambling addictions. In addition, it recommended that casino games and sportsbetting be kept separate.

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