GOVERNMENT BLOCKS TOUTING BILL
Attempts to crack down on ticket touting in Ireland once again ran into political barriers.
Having believed that his Sale of Tickets (Sporting And Cultural Events) Bill 2017 had cross-party support, Sinn Féin TD
Maurice Quinlivan discovered in May that both Fianna Faíl and Fine Gael were both in favour of parking the proposed legislation while a parliamentary committee carries out a report on the secondary market.
“This is a do-nothing government that does not want other parties bringing forward legislation,” Quinlivan fumed.
“As a result consumers can expect to continue to get ripped off by ticket touts and unscrupulous secondary selling sites.”
The Bill aimed to make it illegal to resell a ticket for more than 10% above its face value, with anyone in breach liable to a fine of up to €5,000.
In February, Viagogo, who received
IDA money to open an office in Limerick, were accused of “moral repugnance” for re-selling tickets to Ed Sheeran’s teenage cancer charity gig in London for upwards of €2,000.
In July, Aiken Promotions warned fans “against purchasing tickets from secondary sites” after 60 people turned up to (left) ZZ Top’s 3Arena gigs with forgeries.
Aiken have also warned of bogus E-tickets circulating for Ed Sheeran’s Irish tour next summer.