Oireachtas Committee endorses Sinn Féin’s Ticket Touting Bill – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan today welcomed the news that the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise, and Innovation has endorsed his anti-ticket touting Bill, and their report on the Bill has recommended that it should now proceed to Committee Stage.
Speaking from Leinster House today, Teachta Quinlivan said;
“I am delighted that after detailed scrutiny, the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation has recommended that the Sale of Tickets Bill now proceed to Committee Stage.
“The Committee’s report ‘recommends that ticket touting legislation is introduced immediately to ensure consumers are protected’ and ‘the committee recognises that, if introduced, the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 would help eliminate the problem of ticket touting in Ireland’.
“This is an unequivocal endorsement of this Bill, which is most welcome, and the ball is now in the court of the government to provide a money message to allow this Bill to proceed.
“I introduced this Bill last year in response to the public’s ongoing frustration at ticket touting, as almost every time tickets for a match or concert go on sale, the media coverage is dominated by frustrated consumers who were unable to buy tickets when they went on sale and were forced to buy tickets at extortionate prices on secondary selling sites.
“As a result of the pressure of an opposition Bill reaching Committee Stage, the government announced they intend to bring forward their own Bill on the issue.
“In my opinion, it would be a better use of all of our time, if the government started working with opposition Bills when they are already in the legislative system, instead of progressing these Bills, scrutinising them, and then starting all over again with a new government headed one, just to have their own name on it.
“Quite frankly it comes across as rather petty, all while consumers continue to get ripped off by ticket touts. This is particularly the case at this time of the year, when tickets go on sale for concerts next year, and many are bought as presents in the run up to Christmas.
“I have no problem whose name is on the Bill, once legislation is brought forward and something is done to stamp out this practice immediately.”
Note: The Committee’s report can be found at the following link: https://goo.gl/BupMvo