Donal MacNamee: Betting companies’ public support for reform does not extend to backing gambling bill

Gambling industry believes government proposals to curb advertising and sports sponsorship and to restrict online betting are too draconian

Paddy Power owner Flutter: parts of the new regulation ‘far greater than is necessary’. Picture: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

In its present form, Ireland’s new gambling regulation bill seems unworkably draconian – at least if you listen to Flutter, Entain, Racing TV, Boylesports and a host of other betting companies.

All the above operators have raised concerns over the government’s plan to curtail their advertising abilities and impose strict new rules around online betting.

In public, the gambling industry has been unqualified in its support for the establishment of a new regulator to govern ...