In late 2019 an academic research team based at Maynooth University’s Department of Sociology and Maynooth Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) including Prof. Aphra Kerr, Prof. John O’Brennan and Dr Lucia Vazquez-Mendoza began work on a one-year project to examine the knowledge base and evidence on the nature and extent of gambling and gambling impacts in Ireland and how Ireland compares to international peer countries. The first stage of this project has involved desk research examining the international knowledge base on gambling and putting emerging trends in Ireland into an international perspective. This working paper provides an overview of the secondary academic research and publicly available data accessed to date in the project on gambling and its impacts on individuals and society.

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