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O’Reilly calls on government to work with sporting organisations to raise awareness of problem gambling

20 June, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has called on the government to engage with sporting organisations and work with them to roll out a problem gambling awareness campaign.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“As a society, we are more aware than ever of the damage caused by problem gambling.

“There are many organisations, journalists, advocates, and opposition politicians who have been highlighting the issue of problem gambling for some time now. However, there has been little by way of action from the government on this matter.

“The scale of the problem in this State is apparent; we have the highest online gambling losses in the world per capita and the third highest gambling losses overall per capita. 

“That is a fact that should scare politicians, but the reality is that it doesn’t.

“We need action on a number of fronts, particularly as regards treatment for problem gambling within the health services, regulation of the gambling industry, as well as raising awareness.

“As well as implementing legislative change to ensure regulation of the industry, the government should engage with sporting organisations such as Sport Ireland, the FAI, the GAA, the LGFA and the Camogie Association, the IRFU, and Athletics Ireland, to name but a few, and work with them in the rollout a problem gambling awareness campaign.” 

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