New Law Banning Ticket Touting Comes into Force

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  • Fans will now have fairer access to tickets for popular events as reselling of tickets above original value outlawed
  • Venue operators and event organisers can now apply for special designation for large, popular events
  • Amateur sports clubs and registered charities exempt for fundraising purposes

Friday 30 July 2021

From tomorrow (31 July), the practice of reselling tickets above face value will be banned after the Sale of Tickets Act was brought into force by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D.  New Regulations setting out what a venue operator or an event organiser needs to do to apply for designation of a venue or an event under the Act also comes into force.

Welcoming these developments, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment said,

“I am delighted to announce that the Sale of Tickets (Cultural, Educational, Recreational and Sporting Events) Act 2021 comes into effect from tomorrow.  We have heard all too often of the experiences of fans waiting patiently to buy tickets only to miss out and to then see those same tickets for sale on a secondary site for far more than they can afford or would be happy to pay.”

He continued,

“This is a good day for genuine fans who will now have fairer access to tickets for cultural, entertainment, recreational and sporting events.  This new law protects against profiteers seeking to unfairly gain from the resale of tickets who do not contribute in any way to benefit those with the talent and skills that the rest of society wish to appreciate at an affordable price.”

Robert Troy, T.D. Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation welcomed the support from all sides of both Houses of the Oireachtas in passing the legislation. He said,

“This is a really positive step forward to protect the interests of real fans. We know demand for live events will increase as society begins to reopen, and while we continue to live with Covid-19, numbers to these events will be limited to protect public health. This legislation is necessary to protect fans from being ripped off by ticket touts who would exploit this. 

“Of course, the benefits of this legislation will long outlive the public health measures and this legislation will ensure a fairer market so tickets can go to real fans.”

He concluded,

“While live events have been seriously impacted over the last 18 months, with the availability of the EU Digital COVID Certificate and the successful vaccine roll-out, we can look forward to attending more live events again in a safe and fair way.

The Act contains serious deterrents for those who may contemplate ticket touting as they will face fines of up to €100,000 or up to two years in prison if they sell music or sports tickets for live events above face value. 

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