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Olympic 'ticket touting' scandal will be investigated by TDs - minister

Fionnán Sheehan

Published 10/08/2016 | 16:51

Fraudulent tickets seized by Brazilian authorities. AFP/Getty Images
Fraudulent tickets seized by Brazilian authorities. AFP/Getty Images

The Olympic 'ticket touting' scandal will be investigated by TDs, a minister says.

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The Olympic Council of Ireland will have to appear before a Dail committee to face questions on the allocation of tickets.

Allegations that tickets ended up in the hands of ticket touts have marred Ireland's participation in the Olympics.

Junior Sports Minister Patrick O'Donovan said the affair will form part of a review of the country's participation in the Olympics.

Mr O'Donovan said the Oireachtas Sports Committee will be carrying out a formal review, similar to a report after London 2012.

"Once the Brazilian authorities have completed their investigation, the Sports committee in the Oireachtas should investigate it.

"After every Olympic games, there is a review. The precedent is well established. There should be a review of Ireland's participation in the games in total," he said.

Mr O'Donovan said the ticketing scandal would fall under this remit. He said the taxpayer funds sporting organisations which participate in the games so there is a public interest. The minister said any relevant organisation would be called before the committee.

"This whole debacle reflects on the reputation of the country. That in turn reflects upon the taxpayer who fund our sporting organisations," he said.

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