Thursday 23 February 2017

Hickey entitled to all diplomatic assistance

Editorial

Editorial

Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport and Sport Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport and Sport Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

And finally there's an independent inquiry into the Olympic Council of Ireland ticket-touting scandal. A week late, Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport and Sport, got around to seeking the legal counsel of the Attorney General.

AG Máire Whelan's advice is no longer dismissed by Ross as "simply an opinion". After getting swatted away by OCI president Pat Hickey earlier this week with his legal advice, Ross now appreciates the value of doing your homework.

The minister couldn't have been expected to know how events would escalate over the following days. Neither could Hickey, clearly. Nonetheless, an informed view of the Government's powers to intervene would have been helpful from the start. The lesson will hopefully be learned by the novice minister. Put it down to a lack of experience.

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