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Timeline of Rehab's lotteries

Published 24/01/2014 | 02:30

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1952 Rehab launches a football pools, becoming the second biggest lottery operation after the Irish Hospital's Sweepstakes. Other private charities follow suit by setting up their own lotteries.

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1956

Government enacts the Gaming and Lotteries Act to regulate the gaming and lotteries market with a weekly prize cap of IR£500 that could be offered by a charity in any one week.

1986

National Lottery Act passed to set up the National Lottery – offering unlimited prizes. Weekly prize cap for private charities raised to IR£10,000.

1987

In March 1987, the National Lottery opens, selling scratch cards – Rehab launches its own scratch card lottery in November.

2002

Weekly prize cap for private charitable lotteries raised to €20,000, but private charities complain that they can't compete with the National Lottery because of the €20,000 prize limit.

1997

Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy announces setting up of Charitable Lotteries Scheme to compensate promoters of private lotteries competing directly with National Lottery products. A host of charities, including Rehab, receive money under the scheme, which is funded from the National Lottery surplus.

2005

The scheme, from 2005, is funded jointly by the National Lottery surplus and, for the first time, the Exchequer. In 2012, the ratio of funding for the scheme is 65pc National Lottery, 35pc Exchequer.

2011

The scheme is reviewed by the Department of Expenditure and Public Reform in 2011, shortly before the scheme is transferred to the Department of Justice, which experienced a 26pc reduction in its non-pay budget between 2008 and 2012.

November 21

Rehab delegation, including CEO Angela Kerins and director Frank Flannery, meet Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Government says a "veiled threat" of legal action was issued by Rehab if the scheme were to be abolished.

2012 – April 3

Department of Justice writes to Rehab to inform it that an audit review will be carried out.

The review by the department's Internal Audit Unit, seeking specific use of lottery funds, is carried out in May 2012 at Rehab's premises.

October 5

Mr Shatter writes to Rehab informing it that the scheme will be phased out on a gradual basis.

November 19

Rehab issues legal proceedings against the Government. The case is heard in the High Court in July 2013 and a ruling is pending.

Irish Independent

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