Wednesday 26 October 2016

Rock's war on ticket touts ignores real corporate scalping

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD. Photo: Photo: Tom Burke
Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD. Photo: Photo: Tom Burke

If grandstanding were an Olympic sport, some of our politicians would be serious medal candidates.

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The wind-bagging by Ministers for Sport (senior and junior) Shane Ross and Patrick O'Donovan and Fianna Fail's Timmy Dooley on the Olympic ticket-touting controversy comes to mind but the gold medal goes to Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD.

Bouncing gleefully onto the bandwagon, he made a big play for personal kudos by announcing that he was planning to introduce a Private Members' Bill designed to legislate for ticket touting.

Good man, Noel, you won't find much opposition there. But here's a question: have you any comment on the corporate scalping by hotels and airlines around big sporting/music events?

For instance, compare the price of Dublin hotels over the first three weekends in September. Surprise, surprise, the two big All-Ireland weekends are vastly more expensive than the other one.

That's passed off as shrewd business, when in reality it's scalping the public just like ticket touts.

Any thoughts, Noel? Or is declaring war on touts more publicity-friendly than challenging hotels?

Irish Independent

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