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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Michael D. Higgins claims TV gambling ads are a ‘scourge’

President Michael D. Higgins has described TV gambling advertisements as a ‘scourge’.

The Irish President said there are serious questions to be answered about how much of Irish media is saturated with sports gambling content.

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He went on to say that a debate around the issue is welcomed.

“I welcome the fact that the debate on sports gambling advertising has now been taken up in the public discourse.”

“Earlier this month, having met with people that have overcome addictions of various kinds, I spoke of the scourge of sports gambling and the dangerous gambling advertisements, which continue to cause so much damage to families and individuals.”

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“When I spoke at Tiglin, I suggested that nobody can accept that the tokenistic ‘small print’ warnings and invitations to be ‘responsible’ are in any way in proportion to the possible damage being inflicted by the lure of sports gambling ads,” he said.

“There are serious questions, ones that are surely in the public interest to have answered, as to how such a high degree of saturation of the media landscape by sports betting advertisements has arisen, when the evidence of the damage being inflicted is so obvious and should be a concern to us all.”

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