About Extern Problem Gambling
This website was launched in January 2016. We currently provide text/phone/email support, online counselling and harm-prevention workshops (Mon-Fri, 9-5)). We are not funded by the gambling industry. According to the latest report into gambling in Ireland, there are estimated to be between 28,000 and 40,000 people who suffer from a gambling disorder. This site has been created in order to provide some independent supports and resources to anyone whose life has been negatively impacted by problem gambling.
For regular updates on problem gambling related issues, connect with us on Twitter.
Who We Are
Extern Problem Gambling was formerly known as Problem Gambling Ireland. Problem Gambling Ireland has ceased trading, and completed a voluntary wind-up of the company and charity in January 2021.
Extern Problem Gambling is part of the Extern Group. Extern is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland
Company Registration No: 383201. Registered Charity Number: 20055318. Extern is a registered charity in Northern Ireland. Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC105869. Company Registration No: NI 16083
The site is currently curated by the project's Founder, Barry Grant (B.A. Degree in Counselling Skills & Addiction Studies), a member of the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Ireland (APCP).
The Mission of this Project is to prevent and minimise gambling-related harm in Ireland.
The Vision of this Project is to make responsible gambling a reality in Ireland.
In order for responsible gambling to become a reality, three elements are required:
We are actively lobbying for the introduction of fit-for-purpose gambling legislation and regulation in Ireland.
We are open to working with the gambling industry in order to provide responsible gambling training to their staff and to discuss the development of robust responsible gambling policies and procedures.
We work with all sectors of Irish society, in order to support the responsible use (consumption) of gambling services. We work from a harm-minimisation and harm-prevention standpoint. We are conscious of the fact that, for the vast majority of people with serious gambling problems, this will mean abstaining from gambling.