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GOVERNMENT BLOCKS TOUTING BILL

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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.

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