Review of gambling laws must ultimately protect the vulnerable
Sinn Féin MLA and member of the DSD committee Carál ní Chuilín has stated that the review of Gambling laws is long overdue and needs updating to provide the strongest possible protections for vulnerable people.
Speaking earlier Ms ni Chuilín said:
“Sinn Féin remains concerned about the danger of gambling addiction and how vulnerable people can be particularly affected. Gambling problems can result in debt, poverty, homelessness, ill health and depression along with further negative aspects.
“We need to see a comprehensive review taking place that deals with the new and existing forms that are gambling that take place. Gambling over the internet for example can mean that the problem is very much hidden yet no less severe.
“Alongside this the situating of betting establishments or gambling machines should be very closely scrutinised. In many cases there is a proliferation in working class districts whether in the form of bookmakers, or indeed gambling machines being placed in bars, taxi firms, pool halls and elsewhere.
“I welcome the fact that the Minister has taken this forward and would urge all those concerned to engage fully with the department in order to outline their concerns and influence the review to achieve the strongest possible protections and sanctions to be within any new gambling laws.”