Need for Sinn Féin’s Ticket Touting Bill highlighted as 200 tickets for Ireland v Wales rugby match invalidated – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has said that the need for ticket touting legislation to be introduced in Ireland has been highlighted by a court ruling in Wales, which will see hundreds of ticket holders denied entry to this week’s Ireland v Wales 6 Nation encounter in Cardiff.
These tickets had been bought from an unlicensed third-party website, Evental Ltd. The Welsh Rugby Union successfully brought proceedings against this secondary seller and, as a result, tickets purchased through them are now invalid for the upcoming fixture.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“This situation highlights the need for legislation to be introduced in Ireland to prevent a similar situation occurring here. The GAA and IRFU in particular have very good processes in place to prevent reselling of tickets. However, the Bill which I introduced last week, the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 would address this very issue with two main objectives.
“Firstly, to protect the ordinary consumer who buys tickets in good faith, only to discover that they cannot attend the event. The Bill would ensure that they will be able to dispose of their tickets.
“Secondly, the Bill will act to stop those who purchase event tickets with the sole intention of reselling them at a profit. This Bill will disincentivise these ticket touts by means of substantial fines.
“The Bill would affect events where more than 300 tickets are sold. Touts would face fines of up to €5,000. Also included is a provision that event goers who need to resell their ticket for genuine reasons would be facilitated and able to do so. Secondary sales of tickets to a maximum of 10% the initial value of the ticket would be permitted under this legislation.
“The practice of consumers getting ripped off by ticket touts has continued long enough and this case highlights the need for legislation to prevent situations like this occurring at Irish events.
“Unlike the Government’s attitude of waiting until something gets to crisis point before acting, Sinn Féin’s Bill would introduce legislation to address this issue now.”