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Drug cartel connection highlights urgent need for ticket touting legislation – Quinlivan

24 July, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today reasserted his call for ticket touting legislation to be introduced urgently after it was claimed that notorious drug cartels are using the lack of regulation in this area to fund criminal activities and launder money.

The Limerick City TD said:

“I have been advocating for reform of this area for some time now. In March of this year, I introduced legislation that would outlaw the practice of ticket touting, whilst at the same time protecting consumers and charities. However the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 was delayed for nine months when it came for second stage debate in May by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, for no substantive reason.

“As a result of this delay, the practice of consumers getting ripped off by ticket touts continues, as we have recently witnessed with the Ed Sheeran and U2 concerts. The revelation that drug cartels are also using ticket touting as a means of funding crime and laundering money highlights an additional urgency for legislation. 

“The crimes these gangs commit are well known and well documented, and the damage their drug activities do to people’s lives is immense. To think that they can use this simple lack of regulation to help finance their operations and launder money is sickening. 

“Regulating ticket sales in Ireland is an area which every party in the Dáil agrees needs addressing, and personally I am not concerned with whose name is on the legislation. It was unfortunate that my legislation was shelved for nine months for this reason, but I am determined to work with other deputies to finalise a piece of legislation that will solve this problem once and for all.

“Protecting consumers and hindering the operation of crime gangs are two worthwhile goals for a piece of legislation. Both of these objectives can be achieved with my Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017, and so I would urge the government to recognise this and allow my bill to move forward to stamp out this serious problem.” 

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