Irish govt to set up independent regulator to oversee gambling industry Irish Examiner · May 15, 2019 at 9:02 pm An independent regulator, with 100 staff, to clamp down on gambling will be in place by the end of next year. The Government said without the body there is no prospect of progressing modern licensing and regulation of the industry. It will be funded largely by bookmakers and will be responsible for tackling addiction, underage betting, match-fixing and online regulation. Regulating gambling is being discussed at a seminar in Farmleigh this morning. The Minister of State who organised the conference, David Stanton, said it is vital the new body is independent.