Thursday 14 December 2017

Declan Lynch: Any bets on Paddy Power stepping up?

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Last week I had an interesting exchange of views with the Paddy Power organisation. As the holder of an online betting account (which shows a modest profit at the time of writing) you could say that I've had a long-running conversation with Paddy, in our endless pursuit of fun.

But then there's more to life than fun. And last week's exchange had a more sober aspect than usual, for reasons which will become clear. It consisted of emails sent by me to their media guy, Feilim Mac An Iomaire, and his response on behalf of Paddy Power. My opening email went something like this:

You may be aware that recently in the Sunday Independent I wrote about the case of Tony O'Reilly, the An Post manager in Gorey currently serving four years (one year suspended) in the Midlands prison for stealing approximately €1.75m from his employer in order to fund his gambling with your organisation. I suggested that perhaps Paddy Power might feel some moral obligation to return that stolen money. I am not aware of any further action on the issue so I am putting a number of questions:

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