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810. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of investigations carried out by gardaí into breaches of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 in each of the years of 2018 to 2020; and the number of files referred to the DPP by An Garda Síochána in the same years as part of its investigation. [21433/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Deputy will be aware that gaming without a permit or license is prohibited and is an offence under Section 4 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956, as amended by Section 3 of the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act 2019.
Promoting a lottery without a permit or license is prohibited and is an offence under Section 26 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956, as amended by Section 8 of the 2019 Act.
I have contacted An Garda Síochána for the information requested and have been advised that there are 23 incidents of the ‘Gaming and Lotteries’ type recorded on PULSE since the beginning of 2018 to date in 2021.
Because an Garda Síochána do not report figures of less than 10 incidents it is unfortunately not possible to provide an annual breakdown as there were less than 10 incidents in all years. 
I am further informed that there are no charges or summonses recorded on PULSE over the timeframe which refer to this Act.