Sunday 4 December 2016

State's response to Olympic scandals was too slow

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

Boxer Michael O’Reilly admitted he took a banned substance Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Boxer Michael O’Reilly admitted he took a banned substance Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Last February, the former Sports Minister, Michael Ring, made an exuberant declaration in his native Westport that no less than €10m was being provided by taxpayers to support the Irish endeavour in the Rio Olympics and the Paralympic Games.

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To date, there has been a doping scandal and the embarrassment and disgrace of this has been compounded by some tickets allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland ending up in the control of an alleged ticket tout.

Why were there no immediate comments, explanations or observations from the current Sports Minister, Shane Ross, who built his reputation on being the guardian of taxpayers' interests?

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