Monday 19 February 2018

'Time to end ticket touting' - Noel Rock continues battle against touts outside Aviva

Zainab Boladale

Fine Gael’s Noel Rock battle expects some "positive news about the passage of" his Private Members’ Bill outlawing ticket touting.

Posters from the Dublin North West TD were distributed outside the Aviva Stadium, following the Ireland vs. Austria match on Saturday reading: "Time to end ticket touting".

"Technology is enabling people to snap up many tickets from the original source, skewing the playing field and making it harder for regular fans to get access to tickets," said Mr Rock.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commissioner have initiated investigations on ticket touts as it has become an issue here in Ireland. 

The Private Members’ Bill, drafted by Mr Rock and Independent TD Stephen Donnelly, would ban the resale of tickets for above face value, with the exception of tickets auctioned for charity.

"It's quite clear that public support on this is emphatic with more than 10,000 people signing a petition delivered to my office in February and we need to work to bring about this important piece of consumer protection legislation," said Mr Rock.

"Tickets for events like this are being sold on for what are sometimes incredibly inflated prices, often up to 10 times the original face value."

"The FAI, IRFU and GAA are all determined to put an end to ticket touting. My legislation supports them in this matter and, in the coming weeks, we hope to be able to get some positive news about the passage of this legislation," he said.

Legislation has been guaranteed to be in place in advance of Euro 2020 and also as part of the Rugby World Cup 2023 bid.

Mr Rock said: "I intend to ensure we keep this promise".

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