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UK – Northern Ireland Minister looking to pave the way to casino gaming

Northern Ireland Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has confirmed plans to change gambling laws in the country with a two-phased approached to progress changes in the current Assembly mandate to allow casinos to open. Over 60 per cent of those who responded to a recent consultation supported a rule change to allow casinos in Northern Ireland….

Northern Ireland – BoyleSports buys six betting shops from HughesBet

Irish bookmaker BoyleSports has bought ‘almost everything’ from Northern Irish bookmaker Gregory Hughes owner of the HughesBet betting chain It will take over ownership of six of the seven HughesBet retail outlets, all of which will be rebranded as BoyleSports outlets. BoyleSports Chief Executive Conor Gray stated: “Since BoyleSports founder and chairman John Boyle opened…

Northern Ireland – Survey shows Northern Irish want gambling reform

A recent survey, carried out by the polling company LucidTalk on behalf of social policy charity CARE NI, which is campaigning for gambling law change, has shown that the majority of people in Northern Ireland support reforming the country’s gambling laws. Northern Ireland’s gambling legislation dates back to 1985 and critics argue it is not…

Northern Ireland – IAGA to hold its 39th Annual International Gaming Summit June

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) will hold its 39th Annual International Gaming Summit June 16 to 18 2020 at The Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The association said it was looking forward to keynote speakers, panel discussions and interactive sessions covering a wide range of topics, including the very latest…

Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland launches consultation into gambling

The Department for Communities (DfC) in Northern Ireland has launched a public consultation on the new gambling laws to find out ‘whether changes are now necessary to ensure Northern Ireland has a more flexible and modern licensing framework capable of responding to the many societal and technical changes which have occurred in the industry.’ A…

Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland to launch public consultation on casinos

Northern Ireland is once again looking at the potential of introducing casinos with Belfast City Council carrying out a public consultation into a casino costing £300m. The consultation will ‘determine a corporate position in relation to the development of an entertainment and casino complex and extended licensing hours in Belfast.’ Two leading casino groups are…

Northern Ireland – Rank’s Belfast casino to deliver twice as many jobs

The Rank Group has revisited its proposed casino for Belfast, delivering an even bigger project, as it discussed the introduction of new legislation with city councillors. At a previous meeting in September Councillors remained on the fence over the proposal with a ‘no decision’ ruling although Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey, of the DUP, remains…

Northern Ireland – Minister remains doubtful over Belfast casino

Casinos look likely to remain banned in Northern Ireland after the Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland put forward the pros and cons to city councillors. Mr. McCausland was dismissive of a plan by the Rank Group for a casino in Belfast saying that had not yet been in touch with his department although the operator…

Northern Ireland – Rank in talks over Belfast proposal

British operator Rank has been in discussions with politicians in Northern Ireland as interest in piecing together the legislation needed to allow for the first casino in the country, most probably in Belfast, gains pace. Councillors in Belfast have held ‘exploratory discussions’ with Rank Group over the prospect of a Belfast casino which would also…