Gambling Awareness Trust (GAT) in an Independent charity setup in 2019 to fund research, education and treatment services to help minimise gambling related harm in Ireland.

GAT will look to all those that provide commercial gambling services in Ireland to help fund the charity.  Problem gambling service providers all over Ireland will be eligible to apply for funding from GAT.  GAT will accept applications from those service providers that can;

  • Provide a phone counselling service 7 days a week
  • Provide face-to-face counselling sessions Nationwide
  • Promote general public awareness-raising,
  • Provide education and early-prevention work,
  • Provide relapse prevention
  • Offer support online with self-help and mutual aid initiatives
  • Conduct National gambling research & prevalence study

GAT will be administered by a Board of voluntary Trustees;

Tom Hayes board member of Gambling awareness trust

Chair of Gambling Awareness Trust, Tom Hayes – Former Fine Gael Minister of State for Agriculture.  Tom served as a TD for the Tipperary-South constituency from 2001 to 2016. He was a Senator for the Agricultural panel from 1997 to 2001. Tom also served as Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party from September 2002 to March 2010. He was the Fine Gael party deputy spokesperson on Transport, with responsibility for Road Safety from October 2010 to March 2011.

Tom brings his experience of policy-making, media relations and political savvy to the board of Gambling Awareness Trust.

Kathleen Lynch former Minister and current Trustee of Gambling Awareness TrustKathleen Lynch Former Minister of State at the Department of Health – She was appointed Minister with special responsibility for Disability, Mental Health and Older People in March 2011. In July 2014, she assumed responsibility for Primary Care while retaining responsibility for Mental Health, Disability and Older People under the Social Care element of her portfolio. She retained these position until the change of Government in 2016.

During that time, she was accountable for an annual  budget of €1.5 billion. She introduced a number of reforms in the area of mental health legislation, and led a number of initiatives to drive up standards of care.

Kathleen brings to the board a wealth of experience in dealing with diverse groups and organisations

Gillian Hussey, retired District Court judge sits on board of GAT Gambling awareness trust

Gillian Hussey Retired District Court judge and solicitor. Gillian has been very involved in the Charity sector and is currently a patron of the Crime Victims Helpline.

Gillian’s experience in the legal and judiciary system in Ireland brings a strong level of integrity and experience to the board.

Willie Collins board member of Gambling awareness trust

Willie Collins – Willie Collins is one of Ireland’s foremost and experienced addiction experts. He has established and directed several residential and outpatient treatment programmes dealing with addiction to alcohol, drugs and gambling. In July 2014 Willie was appointed by the Irish Government to the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, where he works on the research and development of government policy.

Willie has worked with organisations consistently over the years as an advocate for offering people in recovery an opportunity for rehabilitation. He is an accredited member of ACI (Addiction Counsellors of Ireland) and the former CEO and Clinical Director of Aiséirí Rehabilitation Centres. He is the former Regional Manager of the Cork and Kerry  Drug and Alcohol Services where he set up the regional task force on Drugs


John Forde –  Former Garda Superintendent and Private Secretary to the Garda Commissioner.

John has many years’ experience in Policing both in the Operational and Management of the organisation. This experience includes working in cooperation with high level Management in Government Department and external Police Services in the development of policies and procedures in An Garda Siochana.

In his role in Human Recourse Management, he was at the forefront in the introduction and development of the Garda Employee Assistance in the Garda Organisation.

As a former Regional Operational Manager with the Central Statistics Office together with his Garda experience John is very familiar with the challenges involved in the delivery of Public Services He lends his expertise in Public and Industrial Relations to the board of Gambling Awareness Trust.

Gambling Awareness Trust – Registered Charity Number 20152260. Company Registration Number 605821

Address: Gambling Awareness Trust, 25-28 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Telephone: 00 353 1 2469595