Pandemic accelerated gambling problem in Ireland, charity says

Problem gambling is a ‘forgotten’ addiction, according to chief executive of charity

2nd December, 2021
Pandemic accelerated gambling problem in Ireland, charity says
Barry Grant, chief executive of Problem Gambling Ireland, said that online gambling is ‘the most easily accessible’ addiction. Picture: Getty

The unique conditions of the pandemic have accelerated the development of gambling issues in people, according to the chief executive of a charity that provides problem gambling counselling services.

The Extern Problem Gambling project provides support services and counselling for those with gambling issues and partakes in public health awareness campaigns on the topic. The service, Problem Gambling Ireland, was first founded in 2016 by its chief executive, Barry Grant.

Grant told the Business Post that...

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