Government seeks to kick Ticket Touting Bill down the road for nine months - Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan will today move the Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 to Second Stage in the Dáil.
The Bill seeks to prevent touts from buying tickets for events with the sole intention of re-selling them at extortionate prices.
Teachta Quinlivan criticised a last minute attempt by the government to kick this issue down the road with a motion calling for nine months of pre-legislative scrutiny.
He said this seems to be a result of Fine Gael Deputy Noel Rock throwing his toys out of the pram out of spite that his own, flawed bill, has not progressed and he called on Fianna Fáil not to support the government motion.
Teachta Quinlivan said;
“Ticket-touting and the secondary sales of tickets for events whether they are music concerts, sporting or cultural events have been the source of huge concerns and anger for many years.
“People are perplexed as to why tickets which are supposedly ‘sold out’ can then be for sale in some cases by companies which are often owned by the primary seller for multiples of the initial cost of same.
“This bill aims to address these issues and give everyone a fair opportunity to buy tickets to these events.
“If enacted, it will have the potential to make the re-sale of tickets unprofitable and thus would have a huge impact on the existing problem and make most ticket-touting pointless.
“Unless we take the profit from reselling and impose sanctions on those who persist then we will never adequately address this issue.
“I am hugely disappointed in the last minute attempt by the government to kick this issue down the road for nine months.
“The cabinet made a decision on Tuesday not to oppose this bill which I welcomed. However, today a motion to put it into pre-legislative scrutiny has emerged.
“I can only imagine that this is a result of Deputy Noel Rock throwing his toys out of the pram.
“He is clearly upset that Sinn Fein has brought forward, and looks likely to progress, a substantially better piece of legislation than what he currently has published and he has gone out of his way to try and discredit the legislation over the past couple of days.
“I am appealing to Fianna Fáil however not to support the government motion as the result of that would be the continued rip off of event goers by ticket touts for a further nine months.”