Fans continue to get ripped off due to Fine Gael inaction on ticket touting – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has this morning said that sporting fans are continuing to get ripped off by ticket touting due to Fine Gael’s refusal to act on the issue.
Deputy Quinlivan was speaking after Irish fans were left disappointed when tickets for the Ireland-Denmark World Cup playoff match in the Aviva next month, sold out in minutes but were immediately on secondary re-selling sites for multiples of their face value.
Deputy Quinlivan said;
“This morning we again saw Irish consumers getting ripped off due to the lack of regulation in the sale of tickets for sporting and cultural events.
“The upcoming Ireland-Denmark match at the Aviva Stadium is a major match for Ireland’s hopes of reaching the World Cup in Russia next year, and as such, interest is high.
“This interest is again being exploited, resulting in fans getting ripped off, while ticket touts profit from the total absence of regulation.
“Viagogo has tickets on their website priced at €460 per ticket, an enormous mark-up on their face value. It’s a disgrace. Fans that follow the team all year are prevented from going to this crucial match, due to the unregulated disgraceful behaviour of ticket touts.
“I introduced a Bill in March, the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017, which would have stopped this abuse of the entertainment ticketing system in Ireland.
“This piece of legislation would have capped the resale of tickets at 10% above face value, preventing this continued abuse of the market, whilst at the same time ensuring fans can sell on their tickets if they can no longer attend a concert or match.
“The Bill came before the Dáil in May and Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voted together to kick my Bill down the road for at least 9 months, simply because it was a Sinn Féin Bill.
“I find Deputy Noel Rock’s hypocrisy on the issue bizarre. He voted to delay my Bill and since then he has done absolutely nothing to solve the problem.
"It seems that he is happy to be spokesperson on the issue each time the problem arises, but has no intention of doing anything to solve it.
“This delaying tactic means my Bill will not be move forward until February 2018 at the earliest and, as a result, consumers can expect to continue to get ripped off by ticket touts and unscrupulous secondary selling sites, thanks to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael stalling this legislation."