'It's good to be home' - Pat Hickey arrives back and wishes everyone a 'Happy Christmas'
Former Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Pat Hickey has arrived back to his Dublin home and wished photographers a 'Happy Christmas'.
The 71-year-old arrived in Ireland last night and appeared at his home in Castleknock this morning.
Speaking outside the house, Mr Hickey told photographers: "I want to wish you all a happy Christmas and it's good to be home."
Mr Hickey was arrested at his hotel in Rio during the 2016 Olympics on allegations including ticket touting and money laundering. He has denied the allegations.
This morning he appealed for privacy for his family and gave a thumbs-up to neighbour.
He said he arrived on a Ryanair flight last night to Dublin airport.
Prior to this he issued a statement describing the past few months as "traumatic" and insisted he would clear his name.
"It has been an extremely traumatic few months for myself and my family," he said in a statement.
"Once again, I wish to state that I am totally innocent of all charges against me.
"I will do everything possible to clear my name so that I can, in due course, get on with my life with my wife and family," he added.
Mr Hickey said he was "delighted" to be home and able to spend Christmas with his family.
He said he was looking forward to spending Christmas with his family.