Where is the government’s long-promised ticket touting legislation? – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin TD for Limerick Maurice Quinlivan today asked where exactly the long-promised government legislation on ticket touting is and questioned why the Sinn Féin bill that would outlaw the practice remains in limbo awaiting a money message.
Deputy Quinlivan’s comments come as Snow Patrol issued a warning to fans not to buy tickets from secondary selling websites, as the band are cancelling these tickets to try and tackle ticket touts themselves.
Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said;
“Over a year ago Minister Heather Humphreys said the cabinet had signed off on legislation to ban the issue of ticket touting.
“But where is it? We have seen no legislation since, no details at all in fact, all while sporting and music fans continued to get ripped off by ticket touts.
“People are totally fed up. They don’t want to keep hearing the government talking about the issue, they want action now.
“I introduced anti-ticket touting legislation to the Dáil in March 2017, aiming to stop ticket touting and introduce protections for consumers.
“At every opportunity Fine Gael sought to delay my Bill, first, by introducing an amendment that delayed it for nine months, and most recently refusing to issue a money message for it to proceed to the next legislative stage.
“They have effectively killed this bill, showing they clearly have no interest in solving the problem.
“Fine Gael are talking out of both sides of their mouth on this issue, often demanding an end to ticket touting, but actively obstructing a solution to it, and doing absolutely nothing about it themselves.
“This is a real shame, as it’s ordinary music and sports fans that are losing out due to this behaviour.
“The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said 350 complaints regarding ticket touting were lodged with them in 2018. That is a disgrace, and protections need to be put in place for consumers now.
“This is a straightforward issue, legislation has been introduced in other countries, so I am genuinely at a loss why the government have refused to do anything at all about this problem.”