Modern legislation on gambling needed - Molloy
Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has said modern legislation on gambling is needed to take account of technological advances in gaming, gambling and betting.
The Mid-Ulster MP was speaking after attending a reception organised by 'Gambling with Lives' at Westminster.
“It was a privilege to meet with people and families personally effected by problem gambling at the reception here in Westminster organised by 'Gambling with Lives'.
“Sinn Féin have called for modern legislation on gambling which takes account of technological advances in gaming, gambling and betting,” Francie Molloy said.
“Many people enjoy gambling and they do so responsibly. However, unfortunately for some people gambling can become a serious problem and we must always be cognisant of that reality.
“Problem gambling does not only affect the gambler themselves, it has wider implications for society and affects relationships with partners, children, other family members, friends and workmates. There is an onus on all of us to support those who struggle with problem gambling.
“As we have seen recently the British Government has shown itself to be unwilling to stand-up to the vested interests of the gambling industry. In the worst of cases this inaction is costing families and society the lives of problem gamblers. Just the other week we saw the Tory Sports Minister resign in total exasperation with the British Government’s failure to tackle this issue.
“Sinn Féin has already called for modern legislation on gambling. There needs to be an Independent Gambling Regulator to administer a Social Fund which would help minimise problem gambling.
“We also need to see a requirement for age verification to precede online gambling activity online. As was said at the reception the current system in place truly is gambling with lives.”