Ireland`s ticket resale law confirmed
Ireland`s Government has confirmed that a prohibition on ticket reselling at rates greater than face value will become law before the end of this month.

Minister of State for Enterprise Robert Troy (pictured), who proposed the Sale of Tickets Bill, informed colleagues legislators that new laws will be implemented at the right time once live events resume.

Infringement of the restriction on sales above face value will result in a fine of up to €100,000 or a two-year prison sentence.

The legislation will apply to cultural, entertainment, recreational, and sporting events, with exceptions for clubs that wish to fundraise by holding raffles of allocated tickets.

Troy added: “The benefits of this legislation will long outlive the public health measures out in place to stem COVID-19.

“We have heard all too often of the experiences of genuine fans waiting patiently to buy tickets, only to miss out, and then to see those same tickets for sale on a secondary site for far more than they can afford, far more than are willing to pay, and far more than what the original value was.”

Troy said the systematic purchase of tickets by touts and secondary sellers, looking to make a quick profit at the expense of sports and music fans, sporting bodies, actors and promoters “needs to stop,” and the Bill was the best way to do that.

Ticket resellers are required by law to give information on the ticket`s original sale price as well as the location of the seat or standing area stated on the ticket.

Venues with a capacity of more than 1,000 people will be able to apply for designation to the Enterprise Minister. Once this is confirmed, it will be illegal to resell tickets for that venue for more than the initial purchase price.

The law also provides that event organizers or venue operators may apply for the classification of events that take place in the same location on an annual or other regular basis.