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Government must act on Ticket Touting as Ed Sheeran cancels 10,000 tickets for his British tour – Quinlivan

18 July, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has welcomed the decision by Ed Sheeran to cancel potentially 10,000 touted tickets for his British tour.

Speaking today, Teachta Quinlivan said:

“I am very happy to see Ed Sheeran is taking such proactive action and along with the National Trading Standards Cyber Crime team in London he has taken swift action to try and stop secondary selling of tickets to his shows in Britain.

“Sheeran has stated that up to 10,000 tickets for his British tour have now been cancelled and are being returned back into the market place for individual fans to purchase at face value. This is welcome news, however this shambles continues here.

“Tackling ticket touting here in Ireland, which would not have been necessary if Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil had not blocked the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017, a Bill I introduced which sought to regulate ticket sales for entertainment events in May and which is clearly needed.

“Tickets for Ed Sheeran’s upcoming concerts in the UK which have been bought from secondary accounts are now being re-called. It is a shame that music artists have had to take action themselves. My Bill aimed to take the profit out of ticket resales and protect consumers from unfair market practices at the same time.

“The Bill came before the Dáil in May and the government decided to kick it down the road for at least 9 months, helped along by support from Fianna Fáil.

“Although the decision by Ed Sheeran in his British tour in this case is very welcome and I commend them for taking such action, not every artist or sports team will do this. It is essential that the Government stop stalling on this issue or we could see a repeat of this type of mass cancellation for the artist’s Irish shows. They now need to address the issue as the issue of ticket touting will persist until legislation is brought in at national level.” 

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