There seems to be very few reasons to keep betting shops and casinos closed on Sundays in Northern Ireland and a new Bill, which will change the local gambling laws, will come before the Assembly before the next election.
The Bill’s proposals should actually have been introduced when the Parliament’s 2005 Gambling Act came into operation in March 2006.
However, there has been long delays in adopting the legislation and allowed illegal operators to thrive and deprive the Exchequer of extra revenue.
If the Bill is adopted the most significant change is that bets will become legally binding and subject to contract law.
Allowing Sunday trading could also create more jobs and generate money in a climate of economic stringency.
The campaign to implement the Bill has been continuing for a few years.
Ladbrokes’ Corporate Affairs Director, Ciaran O’Brien said, “It’s disappointing because we think there is a very strong argument for Sunday opening, not least because there are so many other avenues to gamble and it does encourage the potential for illegal gambling. It doesn’t make sense given that Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland allow gambling in betting shops on that day.”