Wednesday 26 July 2017

Touting Ireland as a great little country for inconsistency

Dermott Jewell of Consumers Association accused the GAA of facilitating ticket touting
Dermott Jewell of Consumers Association accused the GAA of facilitating ticket touting
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Dermott Jewell of the Consumers Association of Ireland accused the GAA of facilitating touting by the manner in which it made some tickets available to the public for the Dublin v Mayo replay last Saturday.

Initially, no limit applied to the number of tickets an individual could purchase but a restriction was imposed later.

He made his comments after tickets were advertised on various websites at inflated prices as touts sought to exploit the massive interest in the game.

Now, Jewell wants to meet the GAA to discuss ways of preventing touts striking again in similar circumstances in the future.

Jewell's concern for GAA fans who were squeezed for touted tickets is touching, but what about inflated hotel prices, as Dublin hotels cashed in on the huge demand from GAA fans for the two big games.

It's the same with airlines, who hike prices around big events. And pubs around Lansdowne Road have been known to increase prices on big rugby match days.

Everyone rightly despises ticket touts but what about corporate touting as practised by hotels, airlines and various others?

That's just good business, it seems, so presumably hotel or airline representatives won't be getting a call from the CAI to discuss price hikes around big attractions. Why bother when they can take the easier option of chastising the GAA?

But then, there are other examples too where the GAA has attracted criticism when others escaped in similar circumstances.

Remember the annual blast at Croke Park when Guinness were sponsoring the hurling championships? Yet, the same critics remained largely silent on very high-profile rugby sponsorships by alcohol companies. Why the different standards?

Truly, Ireland has to be one of the best little countries in the world for the inconsistency business.

Irish Independent

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