Friday 23 February 2018

Mulvey meeting 'sent wrong message'

Pat Hickey. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Pat Hickey. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The chairman of the State's sports funding body, Kieran Mulvey, has said he met former OCI boss Pat Hickey last month on "humanitarian" grounds.

Mr Mulvey was criticised yesterday over his dinner engagement with Mr Hickey at the One Pico Restaurant in Dublin 2.

Fianna Fáil's sports spokesman Robert Troy criticised Mr Mulvey over the meeting , saying the "optics" sent out the wrong message.

But Mr Mulvey rejected the criticism, saying: "I don't think the last remark was called for. I don't intend to respond."

After a short break, Mr Mulvey notified the committee chairperson, Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd, that he wished to withdraw the remark.

In relation to Mr Hickey, Mr Mulvey said he met him on "humanitarian grounds".

He added that events of recent months have proven particularly difficult for the Hickey family.

But Mr Mulvey rejected Mr Troy's suggestions that he should use his "influence" to convince Mr Hickey to appear in front of the committee.

It's understood the committee will now consider whether to seek to legally compel Mr Hickey to appear.

Irish Independent

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