|5 Sep 2023
|Charity Sector News
Last week Charities Institute Ireland and The Wheel provided their members with an important update on the current and pending legislation covering Charity Raffles & Lottery Fundraising Campaigns.
Cian Clinch, partner with Hayes Solicitors gave a detailed overview of the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act 2019, which came into force in December 2020, and the provisions with which charities must comply.
The Gambling Regulation Bill 2022 is currently going through the legislative process and will introduce further regulatory oversight and marketing restrictions, which could have a significant and negative impact on the ability of charities to fundraise through raffles and lotteries.
Kathleen O’Meara, Public Affairs Consultant, gave an overview of our advocacy campaign on the Bill to date and the important next steps members will need to take.
As part of this advocacy campaign, we met with the Select Committee Members in June. The charity sector is not the intended target of this legislation, nor was it consultated during the earlier stages of the process. We were unsuccesful in having charities exempted from the provisions of the Bill as it is designed specifically to cover the activity of gambling in all its forms. However, members of the Select Committee were concerned about its impact on charities' ability to fundraise and have urged continued discussion on what amendements could be made to the Bill in order to lessen this impact.
Cii will keep our members updated on the Bill as it continues to move through the Oireachtas and the amendment process.