Sunday 27 May 2018

The Budget does its customary duty to the betting corporations

Cartoonist: Jim Cogan
Cartoonist: Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

How do they do it? Sometimes the betting corporations themselves must be wondering how they do it, in this case how they defied the expectations of many interested parties who were sure that the 1pc betting duty might be increased in the Budget.

Not that these expectations were very large - some felt that due to the increasing public awareness of the epidemic of online gambling in particular, that 1pc might be raised to something more in the region, of, say, 1.1pc. Or even 1.2pc, just to show that with Paschal Donohoe on the job, the situation is under control.

But instead, there was nothing.

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