Lotto machine: politicians are poised to ask PLI officials about the functioning of new ticket terminals supplied by Greek gaming giant Intralot.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new private operator of the National Lottery has been called to appear before the Oireachtas finance committee following the recent systems crash(...)

Premier Lotteries Ireland was already under fire over the roll-out of new technology before it was forced to cancel Wednesday’s draw. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The single biggest question hanging over Wednesday’s lotto fiasco is whether the new operators have skimped on technology to recoup their hefty €405 m(...)

Technical problems forced the cancellation of Wednesday night’s weekly lotto draw, which had a jackpot of almost €10m

An internal investigation is continuing into the technical problems which forced the cancellation of Wednesday night’s Lotto draw for the first time i(...)

Retailers claim the new Lotto ticket terminals, touted in advance as state of the art, are plagued by technical glitches, causing them to crash frequently. Photograph: istock

Retailers have called on the lottery regulator to intervene in a row over the system’s new technology platform which they say is causing a drop in (...)

RGData’s director-general Tara Buckley said: “Retailers look forward to working with PLI but, as with any process of change, there are concerns about the impact of the new ownership structure.”

Retailers are unhappy with assurances from the National Lottery that the impending switchover to a new system will not involve additional costs or a d(...)

 A lucky winner of the lottery. The Government’s planned €405 million sale of the franchise to the Premier Lotteries consortium has been held up because of a dispute over the transfer arrangements.

The Labour Court has moved to reassure National Lottery workers on their future job security ahead of a key vote on the planned sale of the business. (...)

Proposal would cost Premier Lotteries about €22.5 million, on top of the €405 million it has already agreed to pay the Government for the licence.

Retailers are hoping to cash in on the State’s lottery privatisation by seeking a once-off “loyalty” payment of €15,000 each from the incoming operato(...)

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan will this week publish his private member’s Valuation (Amendment) Bill, which he said aimed to “level the playing field” between small retailers affected by high charge on-street parking in town centres and out-of-town superstores where parking is free. Photograph: David Sleator

A Bill establishing commercial rates for out-of-town retail car parking space is to be introduced in the Seanad to oblige owners to start charging for(...)

RGdata director general Tara Buckley  said there was worry in the retail sector that retail agents and players would ultimately pay the price to fund the purchase of the national lottery licence. Photograph: Collins

The umbrella group for independent traders RGdata has written to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin seeking assurances that retailers’ com(...)

A Revenue Commissioners spokeswoman said they needed to know how people intended to pay so they could put necessary arrangements in place to facilitate those who would pay by direct debit next year.  Photograph: Joe St Leger

Retailers and business operators are “hugely concerned” that property tax due next year will be collected in the coming weeks from anyone who chooses (...)