Gar­daí to tar­get touts out­side Croker

Irish Independent - - NEWS - Robin Schiller

UN­DER­COVER gar­daí will tar­get ticket touts out­side Croke Park ahead of to­mor­row’s All-Ire­land foot­ball fi­nal be­tween Dublin and Mayo.

The Garda ef­fort to clamp down on il­le­gal ven­dors is part of a large-scale polic­ing plan put in place for the sell-out event.

Ticket touts who have a his­tory of op­er­at­ing il­le­gally could also face huge fines or six months’ im­pris­on­ment.

Plain-clothes of­fi­cers, who will be on pa­trol as part of the over­all polic­ing plan, will be briefed on touts known to be op­er­at­ing out­side the sta­dium on match days.

The Ca­sual Trad­ing Act 1995 makes it il­le­gal for an in­di­vid­ual to sell tick­ets in a pub­lic place with­out a li­cence and gives gar­daí pow­ers to ar­rest touts and seize any mer­chan­dise, in­clud­ing tick­ets.

De­pend­ing on pre­vi­ous of­fences for il­le­gally sell­ing tick­ets, touts can be fined any­thing be­tween €50 and €10,000, while con­vic­tion on in­dict­ment can carry a prison sen­tence of up to six months.

“As part of the polic­ing plan for every event po­liced by An Garda Síochána, mem­bers are briefed on il­le­gal ticket sell­ing,” a Garda spokesman told the

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent.

In 2015, a Pol­ish FA of­fi­cial was pros­e­cuted un­der the leg­is­la­tion af­ter be­ing ar­rested in pos­ses­sion of 12 tick­ets be­fore the Ire­land v Poland in­ter­na­tional out­side the Aviva Sta­dium.

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