Fianna Fáil vote with Government to halt ticket touting legislation – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan today condemned Fianna Fáil and the Government that voted to halt progress on the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 that would address the problem of ticket touting in Ireland.
Speaking from Leinster House, Teachta Quinlivan said;
“This afternoon, both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael voted against moving ahead with regulating the ticket touting problem in Ireland. This is a very disappointing development, and highlights the fact that party politics come before all else, including consumer interests, for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
“Despite both parties having previously indicated they would support my Bill, today they reneged on this and voted to halt reform of this area.
“This is a do-nothing government that does not want other parties bringing forward legislation.
“I have previously stated that I would welcome extensive engagement with all stakeholders at committee stage, where this Bill would be fully scrutinised and all issues can be discussed and addressed. If other parties had constructive amendments to improve the Bill, these too would have been welcomed. However, shelving the Bill will have no benefits for anyone, and it will be consumers who lose out.
“The decision today means my Bill will not be moved 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 stopping this legislation.”