Further investigation required into Rio ticketing scandal – Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Sport Imelda Munster TD has today questioned Minister for Sport Shane Ross on his management of the aftermath of the Rio Olympics ticketing scandal. Speaking at a sitting of the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Munster expressed disbelief at the behaviour of Minister Ross in the wake of the scandal uncovered in Rio.
Teachta Munster said:
“Were alarm bells not ringing when Pat Hickey immediately made it clear that he was not interested in addressing these issues when Minister Ross initially met with him in Rio?
"Mr Hickey also refused to have an independent person involved with the Olympic Council of Ireland’s inquiry into the matter. What made Minister Ross think that Mr Hickey and other relevant parties would cooperate with a non-statutory inquiry?
“Despite these red flags, Minister Ross steam-rolled ahead with the non-statutory inquiry, telling us that most relevant parties were happy to take part. This, and the entire affair, shows extreme political naivety on the part of the Minister. An inquiry without powers to compel witnesses to attend was never going to be sufficient, and Mr Justice Moran’s report shows that.
“Minister Ross claimed that saving time and money were the reasons for holding a non-statutory inquiry. This inquiry took almost a year to complete, and it has cost a significant amount of public money, without delivering anything concrete, due to the lack of cooperation it received.
“We are essentially in the same place we were a year ago. Mr Justice Moran’s report as it stands is only a basis for further investigation into these matters.
“Minister Ross appears to be satisfied that Mr Justice Moran’s report sees the completion of the process investigating this matter. The Transport Committee will consider what options are open to us, as this report clearly provides the basis for further investigation."