To: Minister of State at the Department of Justice, James Browne

End dangerous gambling advertising online

End dangerous gambling advertising online

We are calling on the Government to ban the dangerous practice of gambling advertising. This practice has gone unregulated for far too long.

We are demanding them to support the Gambling (Prohibition of Advertising) Bill 2021.

Why is this important?

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has said gambling ads are a 'scourge' of modern-day life. [1] Left unregulated, dangerous gambling advertisements will continue to cause so much damage to families and individuals.

Ireland has the fourth highest number of gamblers in the European Union, according to a recent study by industry analysts H2 Gambling Capital. On average, losses for Irish gamblers amount to €300 for every adult, totaling €1.36 billion in 2020.[2]

The deluge of online gambling online makes it far too easy to place a bet, and the rules have not kept up. The pandemic has also exacerbated this problem, with nearly half of all betting last year taking place online.

The Government introduced a working group on this issue who published recommendations in 2019. Now it's time to act!

NOTES
1. https://www.thejournal.ie/problem-gambling-michael-d-higgins-5491317-Jul2021/

2. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/irish-fourth-worst-gamblers-in-eu-as-move-online-accelerates-1.4617386


Reasons for signing

  • It is not unusual to see a betting office beside a pub. In a similar manner, the 'lifestyle' commercials for betting on tv hit vulnerable people during vulnerable times in their lives. These commercials sell a concept of gambling that is misleading.