Northern Ireland gambling: ‘Strong support’ for industry regulator Jayne McCormack, BBC News · September 25, 2020 at 7:17 am There is “strong support” for the creation of an independent gambling regulator for NI, according to a Stormont department’s consultation. The Department for Communities carried out a consultation on gambling laws between last December and February. It received almost 400 responses. Unlike Great Britain, which has a gambling commission, NI does not. The communities minister is expected to make an announcement on the next steps in the “coming weeks”. Appearing before Stormont’s Department for Communities committee on Wednesday, departmental official Michael McAvera said there had been 382 responses to the consultation. The majority were from individuals, with almost a quarter received from organisations.