Fine Gael more interested in media coverage of ticket touting than putting an end to the practice – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today accused Fine Gael of actively obstructing a Bill that would curb ticket touting and of having more interest in the media coverage of the problem, than in putting an end to the practice.
Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said;
“I introduced anti-ticket touting legislation to the Dáil in March 2017, aiming to curb the practice of ticket touting and introduce protections for consumers.
“At every opportunity Fine Gael has sought to delay this Bill, first, by introducing an amendment that delayed it for nine months, and now refusing to issue a money message for it to proceed to the next legislative stage.
“The Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 has passed Second Stage and underwent detailed scrutiny by the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, yet it remains stuck in limbo, by choice of the government.
“The Joint Committee’s Report on my Bill ‘recommends that ticket touting legislation is introduced immediately to ensure consumers are protected’ and ‘the committee recognises that, if introduced, the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 would help eliminate the problem of ticket touting in Ireland’.
“The government have also announced they intend to bring forward their own legislation on the issue, but that announcement was months ago, and the legislation is nowhere to be seen.
“Fine Gael are clearly talking out of both sides of their mouth, demanding an end to ticket touting, but actively obstructing a solution to it.
“It’s clear Fine Gael and their Deputies are more interested in media coverage they can get on ticket touting, than actually putting an end to the problem.
“This is a shame, as it ordinary music and sports fans that are losing out due to this behaviour.
“Fine Gael should spend less time talking about ticket touting on the airwaves, and more time introducing measures that will stop the practice.”