Friday 30 September 2016

Retired judge will investigate alleged Olympics ticket scandal - Shane Ross

Published 19/08/2016 | 17:29

Minister for Tourism and Sport Shane Ross arriving home at Dublin Airport yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron
Minister for Tourism and Sport Shane Ross arriving home at Dublin Airport yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron

A retired judge is to be appointed to investigate the alleged Olympics ticket scandal.

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Sports ministers Shane Ross and Patrick O'Donovan met with the Attorney General today before deciding on a non-statutory inquiry.

This means that witnesses cannot be compelled to appear before the inquiry but Mr Ross said he did not believe this would be an issue.

The companies at the centre of the controversy, THG and PRO10, have already indicated that they will co-operate as has the Olympic Council of Ireland.

A deadline of 12 weeks has been set for the judge to report back.

"We have agreed to establish a non-statutory inquiry to be carried out by a retired Judge.  We believe that a Judge led non-statutory inquiry is the most appropriate mechanism to establish the facts," the ministers said.

"We intend to appoint the Judge next week and that the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry will be finalised shortly thereafter."

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