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Louise O’Reilly TD commends GAA on betting companies sponsorship ban

25 February, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Louise O’Reilly TD commends GAA on betting companies sponsorship ban 

Speaking this morning Sinn Fein health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has hailed the Gaelic Athletic Association decision to pass a motion banning betting companies from sponsoring any GAA competition, team, playing gear, or facility as historic.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“For some time now a small but dedicated number of individuals have been raising the issue of problem gambling as a serious health issue in Ireland. 

“Oftentimes opponents have dismissed or tried to reduce the seriousness of the issue. However, that the GAA and it’s membership have now clearly seen there is a problem and moved to do their bit to tackle it clearly shows that a significant problem has developed under the noses of Government and our health services. 

“I commend the GAA on the historic decision they have made in passing a motion banning betting companies from sponsoring any GAA competition, team, playing gear, or facility. 

“They have shown leadership and courage on the issue of gambling in complete contrast to the Government.

“Lack of regulation, particularly of online gambling, has meant that the south of Ireland has the highest online gambling losses in the world per capita and the third highest gambling losses overall per capita.

"Aggressive marketing in recent years combined with the advent of online gambling on smart phones has meant that people are more susceptible than ever to developing problem gambling habits.

“The Gambling Control Bill which seeks to address many issues around gambling and regulation has been gathering dust since 2013. We need to see serious urgency on this issue before the scale of the problem explodes even further.

“Sinn Féin will play our part in trying to protect the young and the vulnerable from excessive marketing and problem gambling, and in the coming weeks I will bring forward a bill which seeks to regulate gambling advertisement on television.”

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