The head of Problem Gambling Ireland has revealed that teenagers as young as 14 are betting in bookie shops.
The revelation was soon followed by calls for a regulatory body to be established in order to protect teens from the potential dangers of gambling.
A study by The Rutland Centre has shown that 12% of Irish adults bet on a weekly basis.
Figures collected by UCD in a study also show that between 28,000 and 40,000 people in Ireland suffer from gambling disorder.
Barry Grant, the CEO of Problem Gambling Ireland, has said ”We’re the biggest online gamblers on the planet, we’re also the biggest mobile internet users on the planet. So when you combine those two things and the fact that there’s 24-hour access through betting apps and betting websites, it’s very, very easy to develop a gambling problem very quickly.”
Paddy Power was just yesterday fined €2.2 million in the UK for violating a number of gambling regulations, including letting a gambler bet money stolen from a dogs home.
The UK’s gambling watchdog revealed that Paddy Power was not protecting customers showing signs of gambling addiction.