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‘Ridiculous waste of Dáil time’ as government starts all over again with new ticket touting Bill – Quinlivan

25 January, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Limerick City Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan today blasted the government for wasting valuable Dáil time by bringing a brand new anti-ticket touting bill forward, despite the fact that they are currently blocking a Bill that is already half way through the legislative process which would stamp out the problem.

Speaking today, Teachta Quinlivan said;

“I introduced an anti-ticket touting bill in the Dáil in March 2017, aiming to clamp down on the problem of ticket touting and introduce protections for consumers.

“However, at every opportunity, Fine Gael sought to delay this Bill, first by introducing an amendment that delayed its progress for nine months, and then by refusing to issue a money message for it to proceed to Committee Stage.

“Now in another odd twist, they have decided to start the whole process again by introducing a new Bill, with the same intentions as my own, in the Dáil next week.

“Such duplication of Bills is a ridiculous waste of Dáil time, especially considering there are only 23 Dáil sitting days left before Brexit on March 29th.

“We have yet to debate the vital emergency legislation will be needed in the Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, yet the government are using their timeslots in the Dáil next week on an issue that could be addressed by an existing Bill.

“1,006 complaints have been lodged about ticket touts since the establishment of the CCPC 4 years ago, so it is abundantly clear action is needed now to ensure consumers are protected.

“Starting the process all over again, is only going to lead to more delays further frustration for consumers, and more people getting ripped off.” 

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