The GAA is showing the way forward in the battle against ticket touts, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Deputy Noel Rock, who introduced legislation to combat ticket touting, today (Thursday) congratulated the GAA for taking a proactive stance to beat the touts.

“I applaud the GAA for cancelling a number of tickets purchased for the Dublin v Tyrone All Ireland Semi Final. The tickets in question had appeared on ticket resale sites for up to five times their face value.

“I am glad to see the GAA’s proactive stance in the battle against ticket touts. Like every fan, I was disgusted to see tickets going on offer far above face value yesterday – only hours after they had gone on sale.

“It’s quite clear that we need stricter rules and regulations in place, and I am glad to see the GAA playing their part.”

Deputy Rock continued: “It’s true to say that this problem has gotten worse and worse, with more formalised systematic touting taking place than ever before. This is pricing real fans out of games and concerts which isn’t fair. That’s why I have put legislation forward to bring an end to this.”