Tickets for concerts and sporting events should not always go to those with the "deepest pockets", the Minister for Business has said.

Heather Humphreys was speaking during a Dáil debate on a bill to outlaw ticket touting.

During the debate on the Prohibition of Above-cost Ticket Touting Bill, she appealed for cross-party support for the private members bill which was proposed by Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly and Fine Gael TD Noel Rock. 

The proposed legislation would ban the above-face value resale of tickets for sporting and entertainment events in designated venues with a capacity of 1,000 or more.

Ms Humphreys said the bill will also prohibit the use of bot software to purchase tickets in excess of the number permitted by event organisers.

She also said she intended to introduce an amendment to ban the unauthorised sale of tickets for the Euro 2020 Championship - part of which will be held in Dublin.

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan, who proposed his own legislation to ban ticket touting in 2017, criticised the pace of progress on the bill.