A man who pleaded guilty to using a credit card to gamble online has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Gambling addiction is a very real problem in Ireland, according to the latest figures from the National Crime Agency.
The number of people who have gone on to become addicted to gambling is estimated to be as high as 10 million.
A court heard that Anthony Laffie had used credit cards to gamble on gambling sites including Blackjack, Baccarat and Blackjack.
Online gambling is legal in Ireland but there is currently a prohibition on online betting, with a £5,000 fine for those caught.
Online betting has been banned since the start of the financial crisis and online gaming has been heavily regulated by the country’s Government.
Gibraltar, which has a population of around a million, has seen a rapid rise in the number of online gamblers, with figures from figures from Eurostat showing a 2.7 per cent increase in gambling-related arrests in 2014.