Chairman of Dundalk Town Council, Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle says that he was
horrified to discover the amount of gambling
machines that are currently operating in Dundalk town.
Cllr O’Boyle says that he is “shocked and overwhelmed to be told of the sheer scale of the problem that gambling addiction has become in Dundalk” and he goes on to say that the people who have raised this issue with him “feel very frustrated at being powerless to get the attention of the authorities to take action to curb illegal gambling generally and illegal slot machines in particular”.
One lady who described her personal experience of living with a gambling addict in her family asked O’Boyle “what is the point of having planning laws, laws that limit and restrict gaming, laws in relation to Revenue, licencing and money laundering, when the gardai, the customs and planning enforcement people seem to be either unwilling or powerless to do anything about the hundreds of illegal slot machines in the town?”
.”At the present time slot machines are illegally sited in pubs, chip shops, betting shops, taxi offices and bingo halls and no one is bothered to do anything about this”.
Cllr O’Boyle says he was shocked when he was told that there are hundreds of illegal slot machines in daily use throughout County Louth alone.
“In April 2012 the members of Dundalk Town Council were asked to enable a new Gaming Licence for a premises in Dundalk but the members voted overwhelmingly against doing so and the members believed that would be the end of the matter and now two years on it appears that the direct opposite has happened. “