Ticket touting bill to be scrutinised by Oireachtas Committee – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin’s anti-ticket touting bill will come before the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation tomorrow, with the Bill’s sponsor Maurice Quinlivan TD welcoming its progress through the legislative stages, and urging all parties to facilitate its progression.
Speaking today the Limerick City TD said;
“I am delighted that the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 is progressing through the legislative stages, and will be scrutinised by TDs and Senators at the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation tomorrow.
“The issue of ticket touting has been around for many years now, with Jimmy Deenihan TD, first introducing a bill on the issue back in 2005.
"Unfortunately that Bill failed to progress through that Dáil session and nothing has been done to tackle the problem since.
“Almost every time tickets for a match or concert go on sale, the coverage is dominated by frustrated consumers who were unable to buy tickets when they went on sale and some who had to buy tickets at extortionate prices on secondary selling sites.
“Unfortunately the level of touting has escalated into an abuse of the ticketing system, and must be addressed.
"The people most affected by extortionately priced tickets are people often on lower incomes, who don’t have the privilege to be able to pay any amount for a ticket, and so end up being excluded from such cultural events.
“If introduced, this Bill would cap the resale of tickets at 10% above their face value, for large events (where over 300 tickets are to be sold).
"This aims to take the profit out of ticket touting and ensure individuals are not buying up scores of tickets with the sole purpose of re-selling them at huge prices, at the expense of ordinary consumers.
“If a person buys a ticket for a match or a concert, but something comes up and they can no longer attend, they would still be entitled to sell their ticket on, once it does not exceed the 10% above face value cap. I think this strikes a fair balance.
"An exemption is also included for charities to allow them to continue to use tickets as tools for fundraising.
“I have consistently said I am open and willing to work with other Oireachtas colleagues on this issue, and I hope this Committee meeting can facilitate that.
"I would urge all parties to support the bill to allow us to tackle this problem of ticket touting once and for all.”