Thursday 8 December 2016

Brazil empowers its prosecutors to fight white-collar crime - in Ireland, we get another toothless inquiry

Published 23/08/2016 | 02:30

Former Olympian Derval O’Rourke branded the allegations of ticket-touting as ‘disgusting'
Former Olympian Derval O’Rourke branded the allegations of ticket-touting as ‘disgusting'

Lawyers will be the only ones to benefit from yet another toothless inquiry into allegations of corruption among Ireland's elite.

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'Keep calm, carry on and remember to have a retired judge on speed-dial', seems to be the modus operandi of Ireland's political class whenever the plebs kick up a fuss about perennial controversies in this country.

True to form, within 48 hours of former Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) President Pat Hickey's ignominious arrest in Brazil, embattled Sports Minister Shane Ross was solemnly announcing the creation of a non-statutory inquiry into the scandal. So, an inquiry that cannot compel witnesses, seize documents, obtain confidential information from financial institutions or force witnesses to answer questions is the best the Government can do when attempting to investigate allegations of ticket-touting at the Olympics.

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