Are you addicted to social media?‘It’s that need for that instant gratification, that ‘Oh, you look lovely”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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A study conducted last year found that Irish consumers check their phones an average of 57 times a day. Naomh McElhatton, Director of Digital Education Consultancy company Smart NI, has branded the habit “the new crack cocaine”. She joined Sean O’Rourke to discuss. Naomh theorises that social media is becoming more addictive because the number of people using it is increasing. As an example, there are now 2 billion …

Galway Hurler Davy Glennon on his gambling addiction‘I was in the bookies for 8 hours a day.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Earlier this month, Galway All-Ireland Hurler Davy Glennon received a community service sentence for stealing €70,000 from his former employer to fund a gambling addiction so severe that his mother was forced to re-mortgage her house to pay his debtors. Davy joined Sean O’Rourke to talk about his time in rehab and his return to the pitch. Davy remained on the bench during this Sunday’s win against Kilkenny but …

Journalism graduate Anne Buckley on her addiction to heroin‘Please don’t use that word around me, Ray’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Anne Buckley is a journalism graduate and is featured in the upcoming TV3 documentary, My War on Drugs: True Lives. It’s a topic Anne is all too familiar with. Now 41, she spent 17 years addicted to heroin and methadone. She joined Ray D’Arcy in studio on Thursday afternoon to talk about the documentary and her experiences. Anne grew up in Dublin’s Fatima Mansions …

Back from the brink of addiction‘I didn’t want to die… I deserved better than the gutter I was in.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Matthew Moynihan has seen and done more than most in twenty-three short years.  His life has been a rollercoaster, not aided by a difficult start, and he shared his experiences with Ryan Tubridy.  His mum, whom he describes as “an excellent person, the best person I know” gave birth to him while living in the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home …

David‘You don’t go to prison because you are a gambler, you go to prison because you committed a crime and rightly so’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ministry of Hope is a compelling new series on RTÉ One television that follows three chaplains in three very different Irish institutions over the course of a year. David, who spoke on the Ryan Tubridy Show, will feature in one of its episodes. David worked for an accountancy company but secretly led two different lives. He was just an ordinary …

Ireland’s Hidden Gambling Problem‘When you see people suffering so much you want the government to take responsibility.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Are you an at risk gambler? Internationally accepted statistics state that 5-7% of us are. That figure equates to 250,000 Irish people. That’s a lot of people; your neighbours, your friends, your families. Dr Colin O’Gara, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist in St John of God Hospital, joined Ray D’Arcy to ask why more hasn’t been done about it, and it’s not …

Teenage gambling‘Boys now more likely to gamble than use drink and drugs…. One in eight of 15/16-year-olds is now at it.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The law on underage gambling is very clear. The Betting Act, 1931, actually makes it an offence for a child under 18 to be in a bookmaker’s. You can’t buy a Lotto ticket until you pass the age of 18. But with the advent of smartphones, online gaming and gambling, and more gambling outlets now promoted actively in traditional media …

Gambling addiction‘When they gave out that card from the bookies, that’s when it escalated… Even a fly, he would back it on going to the wall’

As heard on liveline

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The card in question was a loyalty, or credit card, from one of the major bookies based in Ireland. The gambler in question was the former partner of Liveline caller, Siobhan, who finally came clean about his problem on July 1st last year. The couple are now separated. Coming clean about the problem is possibly an overstatement, inasmuch as he …