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Irish Labour Party Introduces Bill to Ban Gambling Advertising

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Ireland’s Labour Party has published draft legislation to ban all advertising of gambling in the jurisdiction.

If enacted, the Gambling (Prohibition of Advertising) Bill 2021 would prohibit all forms of gambling advertising except sponsorship. The party said the bill would divorce the gambling industry from the everyday enjoyment of sports, politics and entertainment.

While Labour is in opposition, Minister for Public Health and Fine Gael TD Frankie Feighan has already said that he would support “the gist” of the bill, but said would need to read it before determining if he would back the bill itself.

“Gambling addiction is a silent scourge across the nation, which is why the Labour Party has published legislation to address this national problem,” said Labour’s spokesperson on sport, Senator Mark Wall, who co-introduced the bill with TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

“In 2019, Ireland had the 7th highest gambling spend in the world at €9.8 billion (or €379.51 per head). Our legislation to ‘#BeatTheAds’ will prevent unnecessary encouragement of gambling – banning all gambling ads across the media, on public transport, billboards and online outlets.”

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