Now the President takes on the bookies


President Donald Trump speaks to a large crowd on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Picture: Getty
President Donald Trump speaks to a large crowd on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Picture: Getty

When President Higgins told Darren Frehill on RTE radio of his objections to advertising for gambling, and about other such issues pertaining to sports betting, it was clear that he knew what he was talking about – that these were not just “concerns” that somebody else told him he should have, that he understands the exposure of any vulnerable person to online gambling, and the threat to what he called the “integrity” of sport.

He had read the stories, he had visited the people recovering from gambling addiction in Hope House in Mayo.

“For too long in Ireland we often ignore problems that are staring us in the face,” he said. Which could easily be seen as a reminder that we recently “celebrated” five years of the Gambling Control Bill of 2013 not being enacted.

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