Kerry Cllr Calls For Suspension On Sale Of National Lottery Tickets

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A KERRY County Councillor has called for the sale of Lottery tickets to  be suspended with immediate effect.

Speaking following the Taoiseach’s announcement last night on new measures with regards to the Coronavirus, Councillor Michael Cahill said; “The Government have announced another list of restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the Covid 19 virus. But what does not appear to be amongst them is the National and Euromillions Lottery.”

The Rossbeigh councillor said he had been contacted by a number of supermarket proprietors from around the county.

“There is absolutely no doubt but that the sale of Lottery tickets leads to increased footfall and the processing of Lotto slips is an extra handling procedure for outlet staff which in these troubled times seems an unnecessary risk.”

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The Fianna Fail Councillor said; “Many thousands of these transactions and indeed “Scratch Card” sales take place daily all around Ireland and many feel that a suspension in line with the others announced would be appropriate at this time.”

“This may not be the most popular decision but is the correct one  in dealing with this health crisis and may help save many lives. I am calling upon the Taoiseach and the Government to suspend the sale of National and Euromillions Lottery tickets with immediate effect,” said Cllr Cahill.

Councillor Cahill also said that it was important that the National Lottery make a substantial financial contribution towards the fight against this virus at a time of National Need.

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