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20 2001

HORSE AND GREYHOUND RACING ACT, 2001

PART 5

Betting (Miscellaneous)

Amendment of section 32D(2) of Act of 1958.

16. —Section 32D (inserted by section 11 of the Act of 1999) of the Act of 1958 is amended by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:

“(2) Regulations made under subsection (1)(b)(iii) of this section in respect of the opening hours of betting offices may permit betting offices to open for business any time at a greyhound race track—

(a) on any day in respect of all the hours that registered premises (within the meaning of the Betting Act, 1931 ) are permitted to stay open, and

(b) on the day of greyhound races at the race track, also from the time the public are permitted admission to the race track and up to two hours after the conclusion at it of the last race where that would exceed the hours referred to in paragraph (a).”.

Matters relating to totalisator licences held by HRI and Bord na gCon.

17. —Any licence granted under section 3 of the Totalisator Act, 1929 , to HRI or Bord na gCon or a subsidiary of either body to operate a totalisator may authorise it to—

(a) operate the totalisator from a registered premises (within the meaning of the Betting Act, 1931 ) with the consent of the registered proprietor (within the meaning of the Betting Act, 1931 ) of the premises, or

(b) enter into a contract or an arrangement with the operator of a totalisator (within the meaning of the Totalisator Act, 1929 ) outside the State on horse and greyhound racing outside the State for either party to accept and place bets from members of the public in one jurisdiction into the totalisator pool of the totalisator of a party to the contract or arrangements in the other jurisdiction.

Amendment of Betting Act, 1931.

18. —(1) The Betting Act, 1931 , is amended by the insertion after section 19 of the following section:

“Totalisator betting and sale of racing journals, non-alcoholic beverages and confectionery, etc. permitted in registered premises.

19A.—Notwithstanding section 19(3) of this Act, it shall be lawful for the registered proprietor of registered premises, so long as he or she continues to be a licensed bookmaker, in addition to carrying on the business of bookmaking—

(a) to accept at such premises totalisator bets for and on behalf of Horse Racing Ireland or Bord na gCon or a subsidiary (within the meaning of section 2 of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001) of either body operating under a licence granted under the Totalisator Act, 1929 , or

(b) to sell on the premises—

(i) such newspapers, magazines or other journals which are wholly or mainly concerned with horse or greyhound racing, or

(ii) for consumption only on those premises, any non-alcoholic beverages, packaged confectionery, potato crisps, peanuts or other similar products or fruit.”.

(2) Section 19(5) of the Betting Act, 1931 , is amended by the substitution for “one hundred pounds” of “€3,000 (£2,362.69)”.

(3) Sections 33 and 34 of the Betting Act, 1931 , are repealed.

Zero rating of turnover charge on off-course bets.

19. —(1) Section 54D(1) (inserted by section 4 of the Act of 1999) of the Act of 1994 is amended by the substitution for “0.3 per cent.” of “zero per cent.”.

(2) This section shall come into operation on such day as the Minister may appoint by order.

Repeal.

20. —Section 54E (inserted by section 4 of the Act of 1999) of the Act of 1994 is, with effect from 31 August 2001, repealed.