Coincidentally, they were showing the BBC documentary on footballer Paul Merson’s gambling addiction around the same time RTÉ1 was showing a handsome Ross Whitaker movie about famous player and philanthropist Barney Curley.

Claire Byrne Live recently Tyrone GAA star Conn Kilpatrick opened up about his gambling issues; President Higgins addressed the ubiquitous betting ads scandal; there was even talk last week on various radio broadcasts of the government’s intentions to install a gambling regulator, which they had been meaning to do for a long, long time, but still …

You might get the impression that the long campaign to raise awareness of these issues has been quite successful, but not as successful as the efforts of betting companies to arouse ignorance.

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