Investigation into ticket sales welcomed
NEWS that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) it is to launch a formal investigation into tickets sales for events in Ireland, follows a request from a Wicklow TD to do exactly that.
Last week, Deputy Stephen Donnelly wrote to the CCPC to request an investigation following tickets for U2 selling out in a matter of minutes, only to be available to purchase very quickly afterwards at highly inflated prices.
Deputy Donnelly asked the CCPC to investigate whether consumer protection or competition laws were being violated. He further asked that the CCPC investigation make recommendations on boosting consumer protections.
‘I am delighted to be able to say that the CCPC has launched a full investigation including issuing summonses,’ said Deputy Donnelly after the announcement. ‘We don’t know if any laws have been broken, but what we do know is that fans all over Ireland are becoming increasingly frustrated at the volume of tickets appearing very quickly on reseller websites and the very high prices sometimes charged.
‘I encourage anyone with knowledge of the market to make a submission to the CCPC and look forward to reviewing their findings,’ Deputy Donnelly said.