Labor is striving to ban ALL gambling promoting regardless of monetary fears amongst sports activities associations

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Labor is proposing to ban all gambling ads, but the party admits that "a conversation needs to be held" about how this could affect sports funding.

Betting companies spend a lot of money on sports broadcasts and sponsorship.

There is no doubt that if they exit the market, the money would drain and leave a funding hole.

However, Senator Mark Wall, who introduced Labour's new Gambling (Prohibition of Gambling) Act in 2021, believes this can be addressed. Mr. Wall believes that other companies will "step on the table".

He points to similar arguments in the past before tobacco and alcohol advertising was restricted.

The number of people who report gambling addiction increased by 6.5% in 2016

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Mr Wall said, “We can never justify a public health problem and this is a public health problem by the amount of money that can go into sport.

“And we had this argument about tobacco and we also had this about alcohol and others came on the plate.

“However, there is talk of sports sponsorship and sports funding, but we can never justify this with the damage that has been done to individuals.

"And unfortunately that includes thoughts of suicide, and that's what we hear from those we talk to, that people are on the verge of suicide." Labor TD Aodhan O Riordain added: “Gambling is an addiction and should be treated as such.

Aodhan O Riordain of Labor

"We are introducing laws to prohibit tampering by industry. This is a step forward in addressing this problem."

“This should be treated as a public health issue and we need to ensure that adequate support is available to help addicts.

“In its position paper on Gambling Disorders, the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland notes anecdotal information pointing to an increase in gambling disorder referrals since Covid bans due to isolation, with more and more opportunities to gamble at work from home targeted online advertising. ”