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# Problem Gambling

This year
2023
One-in-30 people in Ireland have a gambling addiction - ten times higher than was found in 2019
The Bill sets out to establish a new statutory body tasked with oversight of the industry
Nearly 30% of Irish 16-year-olds say they gambled within the previous year
A new report looks into gambling among Irish teenagers.
Regulator withheld €‎150,000 from National Lottery over handling of problem gambling accounts
The breach concerned the handling of online accounts which users had self-excluded.
There are at least 12,000 problem gamblers in Ireland but probably more, study suggests
The review by the ESRI found “reasonably strong” evidence that increased advertising increases gambling
The 'hidden victims' of the hidden addiction: Problem gambling and its impact on family members
“They had to change their lives because of what gambling addiction had done.”
Irish Lotto's new 'schedule play' feature described as 'concerning' by problem gambling experts
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
The feature allows players to set up continuous plays for up to 12-months which Professor Colin O’Gara says is “increasing the frequency of gambling”.
Last year
2022
There are an estimated 12,000 problem gamblers in Ireland, health report finds
The most common type of gambling was the buying of a lottery ticket or scratch card.
All time
Poll: Do you think sports gambling ads should be banned?
The president released a statement on the matter today.
Michael D Higgins describes TV gambling ads as a 'scourge' as he urges debate around the issue
President Higgins said debate around gambling in Ireland is to be welcomed.
'Not fit for purpose': Problem gambling supports 'lumped in' with alcohol and drug addiction services
When established, the gambling regulator will set up a “social fund” to help provide problem gambling treatment.
'We've reached a point of no return - it's an epidemic': Problem gambling fears raised as bookie revenues soar
Long-awaited gambling regulations are due to be introduced later in the year.
Problem gambling charity faces threat of closure as government urged to fund services
Sinn Féin’s Thomas Gould has urged the government to provide funding for Extern.
Government resisted lobbying on betting duty but won't use the funds for problem gambling services
An extra €50 million is set to be raised from the betting duty this year, and activists are asking for even 10% of it for problem gambling.
There are at least 40,000 problem gamblers in Ireland
The proportion of problem gamblers in Ireland is far lower than in Northern Ireland, according to data from the Health Research Board.
'They're not your friend': Warning over bookmakers as Cheltenham festival begins
The Rutland Centre has said they are seeing more people affected by problem gambling.
"I was feeling, isolated. I didn't know who to tell": Galway hurler urges action on gambling
Speaking on Claire Byrne last night, Galway hurler Davy Glennon detailed his chronic gambling addiction