Brendan Grace

Ringsend Rose

New Legislation Raises Fears Over Future Of Bingo Halls

Protestors are gathering outside Leinster House to highlight their opposition to the bill.

Bingo players have put their markers down and picked up placards to protest a new bill.

They've gathered outside Leinster House to highlight their opposition to new laws being introduced this week.

The Gambling and Lottiers Bill will see any prize money from bingo reduced to 50 per cent of funds collected by operators.

But - if it's passed - the Save Our Bingo campaign says halls across the country face closure.

Martin Nally - committee member with the Mullingar Town Band Bingo - feels it's unfair putting pressure on smaller bingo halls:

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae was one of a number of deputies to give his support to demonstrators, and led them in a game of bingo:

 

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