How a farcical cocktail party triggered the humiliating downfall of Pat Hickey
Maeve Sheehan and Philip Ryan in Dublin and Cathal McMahon in Rio on the bombshell that rocked the Olympic Council of Ireland boss
This time last week, Pat Hickey had what seemed like a surmountable problem on his hands.
An Irish man had been banged up in Rio for allegedly touting tickets to the Olympics. The offence carried a fine and imprisonment. The man had inconveniently worked for a company that Hickey and the Olympic Council of Ireland had previous dealings with. There were calls for an inquiry and the Sports Minister, Shane Ross, just off a flight from Dublin, was demanding an independent presence.
Nothing Pat Hickey couldn't handle. He had an email from his Dublin lawyers telling him that Ross needed to be "put back in box" and suggesting that Hickey didn't have to say anything that might prejudice the poor Irish guy's chances. On Sunday night in an upmarket hotel in Rio, Hickey was ready for Ross.