Friday 30 September 2016

PRO10 will not say how it got OCI contract to sell tickets

Martin Grant

Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30

A director of PRO10 has refused to reveal how the agency was awarded a contract by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) to become its official authorised ticket reseller (ATR). Photo: Getty
A director of PRO10 has refused to reveal how the agency was awarded a contract by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) to become its official authorised ticket reseller (ATR). Photo: Getty

A director of PRO10 has refused to reveal how the agency was awarded a contract by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) to become its official authorised ticket reseller (ATR).

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Michael Glynn, a director at the sports management agency, would not discuss the issue when approached by the Irish Independent at PRO10's offices in Lucan, Dublin last night.

Brazilian authorities have issued arrest warrants for Mr Glynn and the company's other directors, Eamonn Collins and Ken Murray.

Kevin Mallon, who remains in a Brazilian jail, was holding 781 OCI-allocated tickets on PRO10's behalf when he was detained by local police.

PRO10 was announced as Ireland's ticket resellers for the Rio games on December 1, 2015. The Dublin-based company was founded in May of last year.

The OCI last week said that PRO10 was the only bidder for the contract - but did not reveal the process of how PRO10 was awarded the contract or if a tender process took place.

PRO10's Mr Glynn last night also refused to comment on how the company was awarded the contract.

"We're not making any comments at the moment, I'm afraid," he told the Irish Independent.

"We don't know the situation in Brazil, as you can imagine. We haven't had any correspondence from anybody.

"We don't know what the situation is with the people in jail. We're told not to make any statements, that's the legal advice, we have to take that seriously.

"It's not a game... it is to the press," he added.

Procedures

When pressed further, Mr Glynn said: "When there's two people in jail who haven't been charged, when there are alleged warrants for people's arrests with no charges... we have to be very careful what we say.

"We've hired one of the best PR companies, we're told, in the country to handle it on our behalf."

When asked if he was happy that PRO10 had gone through the proper procedures when applying for the contract of ATR, he replied: "Yes, I am."

Meanwhile, the OCI remained silent on the process. Despite being asked repeatedly over the past two weeks to state the process involved, a spokeswoman declined to comment.

"As these issues are material to the State inquiry into the OCI handling of ticketing for the Rio Olympics, the OCI is unable to comment on them until the State inquiry has concluded its work," she said.

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