Fintan Drury: What does the apathy of the political class to the dangers of gambling tell us about forthcoming legislation?
Since launching Stop Gambling Harm with two other former Paddy Power executives, Fintan Drury has been surprised by the lack of engagement from Irish legislators.
19th Mar, 2022 - 9 min read
Fintan Drury: Larry Fink has opened the corporate morality drawer but he can’t shut it without looking at all the dirty laundry
Larry Fink's north star of sustainability can't be limited to the climate crisis, no matter how critical that is. Investors need to be conscious of social harm in other sectors, the betting industry among them.
4th Feb, 2022 - 8 min read
Lucky draw: How €250m in lottery funding trickles to thousands of non-profits
By law, the proceeds of the National Lottery must be spent on good causes, but budgetary procedures have drowned this funding stream into wider government spending and made it difficult to track to individual grants – until Benefacts compiled it all into a database.
10th Jan, 2022 - 3 min read
“Paddy Power ended up paying back a semi-state for money that was stolen by an addict who ended up doing jail time. You’d wonder why they did that?”
Aaron Rogan's book on Paddy Power details the rise of the company and why their expansion is just beginning. But in this podcast with Dion Fanning, they discuss why regulation may not be the only cloud on the horizon for betting companies.
13th Nov, 2021 - 6 min read
Project Jailbreak: The inside story of how Dermot Smurfit Jnr floated $400m GAN on the Nasdaq amid a global crisis
Seventeen months ago, Dermot Smurfit’s gambling software business GAN was up for sale. When he could not get the price he believed it was worth, he doubled down and, following a string of corporate moves, listed the company on the Nasdaq in New York.