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Anti-ticket touting legislation now out of limbo – Maurice Quinlivan TD

20 February, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD, today moved a motion in the Dáil which will see the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 proceed to Committee Stage where it can be scrutinised and debated.

Speaking today the Limerick City TD said;

“I am delighted that I was able to move a motion in the Dáil today which will see the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 move to Committee Stage.

“Last May, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voted to delay my anti-ticket touting legislation by nine months, but I am delighted this time has now elapsed and this legislation has moved out of this unnecessary limbo.

“There was absolutely no reason for this delay, no additional scrutiny of the Bill has occurred since then, nor has the government done anything themselves to address the problem. The only thing that has happened is consumers have continued to get ripped off.

“I stressed this point at the time, but internal party politics in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were at play, and so this trumped consumer interests.

“Moving ahead, I am looking forward to debating this issue at Committee, scrutinising the Bill, hearing from stakeholders from both sides, and working constructively with other Deputies should they have any amendments.

“Recently consumers buying tickets for Britney Spears and U2 concerts again fell victim to ticket touts, as official tickets sold out in minutes, but appeared seconds later on secondary selling sites for multiples of their face value.

“My Bill, will cap the resale of tickets at 10% above their face value, stopping this abuse of the market, whilst at the same time ensuring fans can sell on their tickets if they can no longer attend a concert or match.

“People who breach this would be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €5,000.

“Other deputies have cited the need for regulation and also introduced their own Bills on the topic, however this Bill is the most advanced one in the legislative process and so I’d expect all parties who want to tackle this problem to row in behind this Bill to solve this problem to the benefit of all consumers."

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