Lottery regulator Liam Sloyan has been "urged" to “step up to the plate” and demonstrate that he is investigating the impact of online gaming in Ireland.


Appearing before an Oireachtas Committee on Tuesday, Tara Buckley, director general of RGData, a representative association for more than 4,000 independent retailers, said her organization was concerned about the increase of online games available to play on the National Lottery website.

Currently, there are 21 different so-called “instant games” that can be played online, including two that aren’t available in a scratchcard version, on the National Lottery website. This is in addition to the traditional lottery and Euromillions draws.

RGData, which has previously criticised the regulator for inaction, voiced concern about the growth in online gaming and its possible impact on individuals with gambling addictions who can now play games anywhere, anytime.

Ms Buckley said her members would like to see the regulator do more to show he is safeguarding the interests of the community.
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