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Ticket touting complaints triple as Fine Gael drag their feet on legislation – Quinlivan

18 January, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today said that Fine Gael’s refusal to introduce ticket touting legislation has resulted in the problem escalating for consumers, with the number of complaints tripling over the past 4 years.

Speaking today after receiving a parliamentary question response, the Limerick City TD said;

“350 complaints regarding ticket touting were lodged with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission last year alone, yet this government have still not introduced any measures to combat the problem.

“This is over three times the number of complaints that were registered in 2015, and highlights ticket touting as an escalating problem.

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

“It is almost two years since I introduced an anti-ticket touting bill in the Dáil, but like most opposition Bills in this Dáil, it is now being blocked by An Taoiseach who is refusing to issue a money message for it to proceed any further.

“Minister Humphreys announced to much fanfare last July that the government had agreed to bring forward their own legislation on the issue, but six months later that legislation is nowhere to be seen.

“It’s clear Fine Gael and their Deputies are more interested in media coverage they can get on the problem of ticket touting rather than actually putting an end to the problem.

“These complaints are a direct result of the government dragging their feet on the issue, with genuine sports and music fans the biggest loser at the end of the day.

“Personally, I do not care whose name is on the ticket touting Bill or what party brings it forward, once a solution is introduced and the problem is stamped out once and for all.” 

Note: Please see the PQ in question attached

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