Irish Bookmakers Association Gives €1 Million to Fight Addiction

This week the Irish Bookmakers Association announced that they're donating €1 million annually to The Gambling Awareness Trust, which seeks to help fight gambling addiction.

The trust is being formed on the date of the donation, and will work to help fight addiction through providing counseling and other services to those in need. The board will be led by Tom Hayes, and will also have Kathleen Lynch, John Ford, Gillian Hussey, and Willie Collins. The bookmaking industry won't have any seats on the board, keeping their hands effectively clean.

Gambling in Ireland is seen as a contentious issue, as addiction numbers are going up as it becomes easier to place wagers. Thus, its good to see operators taking the bull by the horns to address the issue.

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bgsharpe
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19 March 2019 - 2:44pm
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Thus, its good to see operators taking the bull by the horns to address the issue.

Yeah..exactly, nice to read about that and also think 1 mill is a serious amount of money which let's hope could help a lot of people fighting their addiction.

It's another theme whether that should be just single a gesture generally or there's have to be a bill or something for the gambling operators being owed to allocate a percentage of their annual profits for a this particular cause, not just in Ireland but anywhere.

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20 March 2019 - 4:25pm
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Yeah..exactly, nice to read about that and also think 1 mill is a serious amount of money which let's hope could help a lot of people fighting their addiction.

It's another theme whether that should be just single a gesture generally or there's have to be a bill or something for the gambling operators being owed to allocate a percentage of their annual profits for a this particular cause, not just in Ireland but anywhere.

I agree with you 100% bud well said and Hopefully it does help those problem gamblers to begin recovery

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