Elaine Byrne: We are now paying the price for our lack of urgency on gambling controls

The comments by President Higgins on the proliferation of sports betting ads and the huge damage inflicted on families by gambling deserve our close attention

Today, every smartphone user has a casino in their back pocket.

For his first official visit since the pandemic began, President Michael D Higgins chose to travel to Tiglin, a residential rehabilitation centre in Wicklow. The centre provides housing for people who have completed a rehabilitation programme for various addictions, including gambling.

The President followed up this visit with a strong statement ten days later on sports gambling advertising.

Directly referencing his visit to Tiglin, he said there were “serious questions” that needed to be answered ...