Those who are under the age of 18 will be safeguarded in a number of ways, including prohibitions on allowing children into any premises where gambling occurs and protections to ensure children do not have access to remote or online gambling. Additionally, any sporting club that has members under the age of 18 will not be allowed to be sponsored by a gambling company.
Showing an appreciation of the big picture when it comes to those who are most affected by gambling addictions, the Gambling Regulation Bill also includes plans for a levy to be imposed on the €8 billion gambling industry. The purpose of this is to use the money gathered to create a Social Impact Fund, which will help to cover the cost of treatment for gambling addictions, and to educate people and raise awareness.
Finally, the government will also set up a National Gambling Exclusion Register. All gambling companies operating in Ireland, either physically or online, will have to register with the authority. If you decide that you have an issue with gambling and need help stopping, you can add your details to the register to self exclude.