President Michael D Higgins said there were serious questions that needed to be answered about the level of sports betting advertising in the media.

This is the second time in two weeks that the President has launched a gambling ad, after commenting on the matter at the official opening of the Carraig Eden drug rehabilitation center in Wicklow, run by the ‘Tiglin charity.

“I welcome the fact that the debate on the advertising of sports games of chance is now included in the public discourse,” he said.

“Earlier this month, after meeting people who have overcome addictions of all kinds, I spoke about the scourge of sports gambling and dangerous gambling advertisements, which continue to cause so much damage. to families and individuals.

“When I spoke to Tiglin, I suggested that no one can accept that the symbolic warnings in ‘fine print’ and invitations to be ‘responsible’ are in any way proportional to the possible damage caused by the attractiveness of advertising for sports games of chance, “said Mr. Higgins.

“There are serious questions, which it is certainly in the public interest to have answered, as to how such a degree of saturation of the media landscape with sports betting advertisements came to be, as the evidence of the damage inflicted are so obvious and should be of concern to all of us. “

Earlier this week, the founder of bookmaker chain Paddy Power, Stewart Kenny, said Ireland was “so far behind in regulating the gaming industry that there was no protection for them. young and most vulnerable “.

The former chief executive said that “governments for the past 20 years have been totally negligent” when it comes to regulating the gaming industry.