Responding to report, Ireland’s justice minister calls gambling regulation a public health measure

Responding to report, Ireland’s justice minister calls gambling regulation a public health measure

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  • Ted Orme-Claye, SBC News
September 11, 2023 9:01 PM

Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Justice, James Browne – the politician with oversight of the country’s legislative changes on gambling – has commented on the results of a report into underage gambling.

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Published by Ireland’s Institute of Public Health (IPH), the report is based on data from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD), a cross-sectional study of 15-16 year old students carried out every four years in 35 European countries.

Of significance for Browne, the Minister emphasised that Ireland’s Gambling Regulation Bill, updating the country’s betting regulations for the first time since 1956, is a ‘public health measure’.