Tuesday 23 January 2018

Power's 'take' on responsibility at odds with gamblers

The global monster has a different perception of the addiction of online betting, writes Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

THERE was an uplifting story on the front page of Sunday World last week. It concerned a case that we have been covering for some time in this paper, that of Tony O'Reilly, the post office manager in Gorey who was jailed last year for stealing approximately €1.75m from his employer to fund his online gambling account with Paddy Power.

The story described how O'Reilly is training to become an addiction counsellor, which of course is a most encouraging development – a triumph indeed for the prison system which arranges for him to travel to Kilkenny from Shelton Abbey prison near Arklow, to work on his course.

We hear a great deal about how little the prison system achieves in the area of rehabilitation, about the "revolving door syndrome" whereby prison is just a very expensive way of housing career criminals until they are let out to commit the same offences over and over again.

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