There was some good news for consumers this week as it was announced that the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., gave the nod of approval for legislation to tackle ticket touting.

The legislation, which is still at proposal stage, aims to ban the sale of tickets above face value for sporting and entertainment events at designated venues with a capacity for 1,000 or over. It also comprises measures to ban the use of bot software to purchase tickets in excess of the number permitted by event organisers. The legislation will also 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 Championships.

“It’s wrong that people who make no contribution to sport or music can profit from the resale of tickets for sell-out matches and shows. In doing so, they deprive genuine fans of the opportunity to attend these events, and the time has come to put a stop to it,” said Minister Humphreys.

She added: “I am confident that this Bill will have the support of the main sporting bodies, of many artists and promoters in the entertainment industry, and of music and sports fans right across the country. It is also a tangible example of new politics at work and in that regard I want to acknowledge the efforts of Deputies Noel Rock and Stephen Donnelly, who have engaged constructively on this matter so we can bring forward workable proposals which will benefit genuine fans. I look forward to continuing to work with both Deputies and our Oireachtas colleagues in progressing this Bill.”

What happens now?

In order for the legislation to become law and the measures to be implemented, the Government must first support and amend the Prohibition of Above-Cost Ticket Touting Bill introduced by Deputy Noel Rock and Deputy Stephen Donnelly.


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