The rural youth group Macra na Feirme has added its voice to calls for a ban on gambling advertisements.
Ireland.- As potential legislation against gambling advertisements is discussed in Ireland, the rural voluntary youth organisation Macra na Feirme, has confirmed its support for a ban.
The group claims that the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in an increase in online gambling.
Macra na Feirme national president Thomas Duffy said: “These ads can take advantage of those that are vulnerable and this is compounded by the lack of the normal social networks which have been removed during Covid lockdowns.
“The Government must legislate to ban online gambling ads to protect those being targeted.”
Gambling addiction is believed to affect over 30,000 people in Ireland.
Macra na Feirme said in a statement: “The extension of the government lockdown has meant that temptation to gamble is greater now than ever as people are restricted to their homes.
“During this crisis, people are vulnerable, anxious and have more time on their hands. Traditionally betting would be seen as associated with betting shops and races. However, online gambling allows people to gamble on anything at any time.
“Promoting gambling during this high-stress time is nothing short of predatory.”