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Ireland set to ban touting and bots

World News
October 3, 2018


Legislation banning the resale of tickets at above face value for large concerts and sporting events has been agreed by the Cabinet.

The new regulations, which will have to be passed through the Dáil [parliament], will apply to events that take place at “designated venues” holding 1,000 or more people.

It will also ban the use of robotic software (bots) to buy greater numbers of tickets than permitted per purchaser, by the event organiser’s terms and conditions.

The move, brought in by Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, follows intense lobbying by Fine Gael Dublin North West member of parliament Noel Rock.

The Government is supporting and amending legislation proposed by Rock and Fianna Fáil party’s Stephen Donnelly, which will see the law applied by venue rather than by specific events, such as concerts.

A government statement says, the legislation will “ban the above-face-value resale of tickets for sporting and entertainment events in designated venues with a capacity of 1,000 or over”.

Rock says the change will ensure “an effective ban on ticket touting and also a ban on bots from snapping up tickets.

“It’s now my ambition that, should this Bill be passed by the Dáil and become law, we see other nations across Europe replicating it.”

Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions, whose recent events include stadium shows with Ed Sheeran, tells Audience, “It’s a good thing and about time.

“It might not stop touting, but it’s a start. Promoter and artistes invest a lot of money in their shows and then touts come along and exploit them, taking money from people who might otherwise have spent it on a ticket for another show.”

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