‘Gambling changes necessary to protect people’ – Newry MLA

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has said that changes to gambling laws are necessary to protect people from addiction and financial hardship.

He was speaking after the British Government announced plans to consult on new gambling rules.



McNulty told Newry Times, “Gambling addiction has become a serious and widespread problem. Whether it’s those pursuing the thrill of winning or others desperately in need of quick money, too many are being drawn into a dark world of addiction and financial hardship.

“In all of this, gambling companies continue to act irresponsibly. Concerned with only their own profit margins, there’s virtually no check on the amount individuals are losing.



“Over the last number of years high profile names, particularly in the world of sport and locally in the GAA, have come forward to tell their stories of addiction. 

“Their powerful testimony should be a spur to change the law and regulate these practices.

He added, “It’s extremely frustrating that without power sharing institutions, we can’t get down to doing the job of legislating to protect people and hold the gambling industry responsible for the misery they inflict on so many.”



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