Tuesday 16 July 2019

A ban on touting moves closer but tickets for Ireland v England game hit €2,700

Deputy Noel Rock says touts' days are numbered
Deputy Noel Rock says touts' days are numbered
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A BILL to end ticket touting has moved closer to becoming law - at the same time as tickets for the mouth-watering Ireland rugby game this week tip €2,700 on some forums.

Speaking in advance of a Dáil debate on his proposed new law this afternoon, Fine Gael TD Noel Rock said: “People are fed up at seeing tickets to sporting events and concerts being touted for outrageous prices.

“The Six Nations game against England this weekend has seen tickets selling for €2,700 online. This is completely unacceptable.

“The proposed legislation would ban the resale of tickets above face value in designated venues with a capacity of 1,000 or more.

“The use of bot software to purchase tickets in excess of the number permitted by event organisers would also be prohibited.

“In addition, the legislation will give effect to the commitment given to UEFA to ban the unauthorised transfer and use of tickets for matches and official events taking place in Ireland during the Euro 2020 championship."

The legislation was introduced two years ago but has made slow progress through the Oireachtas to date.

“I am delighted it is advancing to Second Stage in the Dáil today and I look forward to debating touting issues with my parliamentary colleagues," he said.

“It’s time to push on, enact this law and make sure the playing field is levelled for real fans of sport and music alike,” the Dublin North West TD said.

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