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 Header Item Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2017: Message from Select Committee

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 950 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Maurice Quinlivan: Information on Maurice Quinlivan Zoom on Maurice Quinlivan] Kicking it down the road by nine months does not show any urgency. This is a huge problem.

I mentioned the Rugby World Cup earlier, which is another big problem coming up. World Rugby will make a decision as to what country will hold the 2023 Rugby World Cup this November. By kicking this down the road by nine months, no progress on legislation on ticket touting will have been made by then. This could affect the overall decision. I am not saying it will, but that is the concern I have. France, which is another candidate for the Rugby World Cup, has strong ticket touting legislation already in place. If the Minister of State kicks the can down the road for nine months, it will be a regrettable decision. We will all regret it. Everything in the Minister of State's amendment can be dealt with on Committee Stage so, again, I do not know why he proposes in the amendment that the Bill be deemed to be read a Second Time in nine months' time. Fianna Fáil indicated it might favour a shorter time but did not say what that would be. We are open to a shorter time but we will press this if the Minister of State holds out for nine months because that is far too long.

I commend everyone who spoke in this debate, including Deputy Eugene Murphy, Deputy Niall Collins, Deputy Crowe, Deputy Martin Kenny and the Minister of State. We have outlined our position. We put the Bill forward in good faith. We believe all the issues in the Government amendment can be discussed in committee but nine months is far too long.

  Amendment put.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl In accordance with Standing Order 70(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

Estimates for Public Services 2017: Message from Select Committee

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The Select Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs has completed its consideration of the following Revised Estimate for Public Services for the service of the year ending 31 December 2017: Vote 33.

  The Dáil adjourned at 6.55 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 May 2017.


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