Thursday, 9 May 2019

Questions (33)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

33. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views with regard to children being present at horse racing and greyhound racing tracks in view of the trends of problem gambling and the exposure to persons under the legal age to gambling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14340/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Both Horse Racing Ireland and Bord na gCon recognise the need to protect young people, and since 1 October 2017, have implemented measures to prevent Tote bets being taken from persons aged under the age of 18.  The engagement in a betting transaction by a bookmaker with a person under the age of 18 is strictly prohibited.

Bord na gCon is also a participant in, and contributor to, the newly established Gambling Awareness Trust and the recently launched website gamblingcare.ie.

HRI and BnG have also fully supported the work of the Interdepartmental Group on Licensing and Regulation of Gambling, and will continue to assist with the development of the forthcoming Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019.