Monday 26 September 2016

Government inquiry will look at handling of tickets for Sochi and London Olympics, as well as Rio

Published 24/08/2016 | 16:43

Pat Hickey with Sports Minister Shane Ross and Annalise Murphy,
celebrating her silver medal win
Pat Hickey with Sports Minister Shane Ross and Annalise Murphy, celebrating her silver medal win
Sports Minister Shane Ross

Retired Judge Carroll Moran will head up the State inquiry into the Rio ticket scandal, it has emerged.

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Ministers Shane Ross and Patrick O'Donovan have this evening signed off on the terms of reference for the investigation which can, if the judge decides, stretch back to the London Olympics.

Mr Justice Carroll has been asked to probe the ticketing policy in place at the Olympic Council of Ireland, arrangements the OCI had with third parties and the issuing of accreditation for the Games.

The Government inquiry will examine the handling of tickets for the Rio and London Games and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as well as corporate  governance at the OCI.

A deadline of 12 weeks has been set but Mr O'Donovan said this can be extended if necessary.

At the end of the inquiry the judge will report back to the minister and has the option of recommending a full commission of investigation which would have the power to compel witnesses.

The OCI has said it will co-operate fully with the inquiry.

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