247. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there are limitations or restrictions as to the location in which a business with a specific purpose can be located within a town centre (details supplied). [6764/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that I have no role in the licensing process for amusement arcades.
All lawful gaming in amusement and gaming arcades in Ireland is, at present, confined to areas in respect of which Part III of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 is in force. Part III is only in force where a resolution has been passed by the relevant local authority.
In the case of amusement and gaming arcades, an application for a certificate may only be made to the District Court in respect of a premises which is located within an area where the local authority has passed a motion adopting Part III of the Act (i.e. where the local authority has allowed gaming in its administrative area).
A gaming licence is issued by the Revenue Commissioners on foot of a certificate being issued by the District Court.