Dicing with disaster: Ireland’s gambling addiction is out of control

Why is much-needed legislation to solve the problem repeatedly being held up and delayed in the Oireachtas?

11th October, 2015
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Ireland is in the grip of a gambling addiction crisis

When gambling addiction counsellor Paul Mullins speaks, it is impossible not to notice his anger and frustration. He develops residential rehabilitation programmes for gamblers and their families for addiction treatment service Aiséirí.

Recently, Mullins has noticed a big change in the gamblers coming to him for help. They are getting younger.

“This guy looks 14,” he says of a 16-year-old gambling addict he has treated in recent months. “He was able to...

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