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
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.