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Quinlivan calls on fellow Limerick City TD Niall Collins to back ticket touting bill

15 May, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

 Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Maurice Quinlivan TD, has today called on his fellow Limerick City TD, Deputy Niall Collins, to support the Sinn Féin Bill on ticket touting that will come before the Dáil for a vote this Thursday.

Speaking from his constituency office in Limerick today, Teachta Quinlivan said;

“I am calling on Niall Collins TD, and Fianna Fáil, to vote against the government’s attempt to delay the Sinn Féin Bill that will eliminate ticket touting in Ireland.

“On Thursday afternoon last, the government put down a last minute amendment to delay my bill by nine months. This move by Fine Gael has nothing to do with the bill I put forward, but is designed to appease one member of their party who was upset his bill on the issue has not moved beyond first stage.

“The Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 will eliminate ticket touting that has plagued sporting and entertainment events across Ireland for years.  This delaying tactic by the government will, in my opinion, put Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in jeopardy. The decision on who will host the tournament will be delivered this November, and so the need to address the problem of ticket touting in Ireland is immediate.

“Hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup could be worth around €2 billion to the Irish economy according to Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and would be a source of immense pride to Ireland as a nation of sports fans who have travelled all over the world following their teams to be able to host one of the world’s biggest tournaments. Limerick would benefit substantially, as Thomond Park is one of twelve venues across Ireland outlined to host games should Ireland be successful.  

“Kicking this problem down the road will ensure that ticket touts continue to profit off the abuse of the entertainment ticketing system in Ireland for the foreseeable future and give out all the wrong signals to World Rugby as they reach a decision for the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“To this end, I am calling on Niall Collins TD and Fianna Fáil to work with me and not accept the Government’s attempt to postpone the Bill by nine months, at this critical stage in the World Cup bid, when it comes to a vote on Thursday.” 

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