Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has welcomed the news that Ticketmaster is to shut down its ticket resale website Seatwave.

Dublin North West Deputy Rock said: “I am satisfied to see this news after campaigning vigorously against the resale of tickets above face value.

“It’s no coincidence that this action comes only weeks after Cabinet approved my tout-banning legislation.

“As recently as May 2017, Ticketmaster described any legislation banning touting as being ‘ineffective’. Ticketmaster’s conversion to my point of view on the scourge of touting is better late than never.

“Stamping out ticket touting is good news for matchgoers, concert goers and consumer protection in general.

“I am satisfied to see this news, but fully intend to see the legislation through to conclusion so that such operations are never able to spring up again.”