Saturday 10 December 2016

'I'm fed up of seeing people being gouged for tickets' - TD's plan to end touting for sports and music events

Published 14/08/2016 | 21:59

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock
Fine Gael TD Noel Rock

A government TD has vowed to end above-cost ticket touting by introducing new legislation in the Dáil.

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Noel Rock,  Fine Gael deputy for Dublin North West, said he is "fed up of seeing people being gouged for tickets".

He has vowed to introduce a Private Member's Bill that, if passed, could end the practice of ticket touting for sports and music events.

The revelation came as Irish national Kevin Mallon continued to be questioned in Brazil over allegations that he attempted to sell passes for the Rio Olympics above cost price.

Mr Rock told Independent.ie: "I'm fed up of seeing people being gouged for tickets at multiple costs of face value for sporting and music events. It's time we took a stand on this.

"There is a real need to ensure that genuine fans aren't taken for granted. There is no reason why tickets should be sold for above cost price and this week has thrown that into sharp focus."

Mr Rock was quick to point out that such legislation would not prevent price gouging in Brazil.

Similar legislation was proposed by Minister Denis Naughten in 1998, and then by former Minister Alan Shatter and Denis Naughten together in 2005.

At the time, Fine Gael’s Jimmy Deenihan said the Prohibition of Ticket Touts Bill had support from the IRFU, the FAI, the GAA and Ticketmaster.

Mr Rock said: "Legislation was initiated by Fine Gael in 1998 and 2005 when in opposition so it's quite clear that, now we are in government, we should finish the job and initiate this.

"It's right for people, right for consumers and right for sport."

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