Thursday 25 May 2017

Shane Ross: The OCI will cooperate with independent inquiry into ticketing controversy

Sports Minister Shane Ross Photo: Tom Burke
Sports Minister Shane Ross Photo: Tom Burke

Philip Ryan and Catherine Devine

SPORT Minister Shane Ross has said the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will have no choice but to cooperate with an independent inquiry into the tickets scandal.

Mr Ross said he expects an independent inquiry led by a judge or senior counsel to be announced tomorrow.

Arriving in Dublin Airport, the minister said he was "shattered" by OCI president Pat Hickey's attempt to stonewall him at their meeting in Rio on Monday.

He would not comment on Mr Hickey's arrest as he felt it could prejudice any pending criminal investigation.

The minister also revealed he has yet to speak to Taoiseach Enda Kenny since the ticket scandal emerged last week.

He plans to speak with Attorney General Marie Whelan tomorrow about the possibility of establishing an inquiry which would run in tandem with the police investigation in Brazil.

However, he insisted the Attorney General's advice is not binding.

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