Senator urges rethink on lottery licence sale

Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell will be in Longford today (Wednesday April 10) to garner support for her campaign to stop the sale of the national lottery licence.

Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell will be in Longford today (Wednesday April 10) to garner support for her campaign to stop the sale of the national lottery licence.

The Independent Oireachtas member has put together a website - dontlootthelottery.ie - where she outlines her reasons for arguing against the sale of licence.

“I believe the decision to sell is a National Travesty. It is not in the interests of the general public. It is unthinking, short-sighted and completely unnecessary,” she says, on her website. She says that €4bn has been shared out for good causes in the 25 years of the national lottery being in operation in Ireland. She questions why there’s a need to sell the licence for €500m for a 20-year licence.

Instead of selling the licence, Ms O’Donnell said the licence should be awarded to the operator “best equipped” to run the business for the benefit of the public, and not to the highest bidder.

Ms O’Donnell said she will be in Longford Shopping Centre today to tell the local public about her campaign.