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Sinn Féin anti-ticket touting Bill ‘forced government into taking action’ – Quinlivan

24 July, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan today welcomed the announcement that the government is to move forward with legislation to ban ticket touting and said he was happy that the progress through the Dáil of his Private Members Bill on the issue has forced the government into taking action.

Speaking this afternoon, the Limerick City TD said;

“In March 2017, I introduced the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 into the Dáil to combat the problem of ticket touting in Ireland.

“After a nine month delay was placed on my Bill by the government, it went to the Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation in May 2018 for scrutiny.

“It was clear from the contributions at this stage that there was cross-party support for a solution to this ongoing problem.

“Very few opposition Bills make it through the legislative process in this Dáil, but I am glad that the pressure of an opposition Bill reaching Committee Stage has forced the government into taking action on this particular problem now.

“The Sale of Tickets Bill has progressed substantially through the legislative process, so it would make sense to move this bill forward, however I will work constructively should the government bring forward their own piece of legislation to combat ticket touts.

"It is important that whatever bill is brought forward, consumers must be protected and provision is made for ordinary people who need to re-sell their tickets for genuine reasons.

“I have said from day one that I don’t care whose name is on the Bill that solves this problem, once ticket touting is stamped out once and for all.” 

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