She was commenting after her party submitted its response to the Department for Communities consultation on gambling law.
Said Cllor Mellon: “The current gambling laws in the north are out of date.
“Our partyhas submitted its proposals to modernise the law to bring it in to line with changes in technology and new forms of gambling, such as online, fixed term betting odds and casinos.
“The reality is, online betting has no closing time. Smartphones are a casino open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We need legislation which is properly equipped to regulate these websites and help protect the most vulnerable.
“Our recommendations include; the establishment of an Independent Gambling Regulator and an immediate age verification process for online gambling.
“Problem gambling does not only affect the gambler; it has wider implications for society and lasting impacts on relationships with family and friends.
“Sinn Féin is committed to tackling problem gambling north and south.
“The most effective way to do that is through modernised and fit for purpose legislation,” added Cllor Mellon.