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New gambling legislation could bring ban on all bets made with credit cards in Ireland

"We need to make sure that those in the throes of addiction aren’t gambling with money they don’t have and can’t afford"

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Addiction, Recovery, and Wellbeing, Thomas Gould, has launched legislation that could see the use of credit cards banned for online and in-shop betting.

The Betting (Prohibition on Use of Credit Cards) Bill 2021, would see Revenue halt issuing betting licences to businesses “unless the applicant for the licence has given them an undertaking not to accept bets or otherwise deal in bets that involve the use either directly or indirectly of a credit card.”

The legislation will ensure that all betting apps and stores across Ireland abide by new rules by turning away customers who want to use credit cards for betting.

Any business that refuses to adhere to these rules could be fined if the law is passed.

Teachta Gould said this legislation will help those who are most vulnerable and are addicted to gambling “with money they don’t have.”

“I am really proud to launch this legislation that would see credit cards banned in online and in-shop betting,” he said.

“Protecting vulnerable people has to be at the forefront of gambling regulation. While the government still hasn't published a Gambling Control Bill, Sinn Féin are committed to bringing forward credible protections that will help to protect vulnerable people.

“While Fine Gael have left legislation gathering dust since 2013, Sinn Féin are taking positive steps forward to finally regulate gambling and protect those at risk of, or in active, addiction.”

Mr Gould went on to say that the future ban on credit cards is a “no-brainer” and that “it has been recognised by the industry themselves that this needs to happen with the National Lottery taking steps to introduce a ban and bookmakers bringing forward a ban during live sports."

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