“Half-baked inquiry simply not good enough” – Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Sport Imelda Munster TD has today described the Moran Report into ticketing matters at the Rio Olympics as “a half-baked attempt” at establishing the truth.
Last August Deputy Munster called on Minister Shane Ross to consult with members of the Oireachtas Committee on Tourism and Sport in deciding the terms of reference of the inquiry.
After the arrest of Mr Pat Hickey, Deputy Munster called for a statutory inquiry with powers to compel witnesses.
This approach was rejected, and Minister Ross pushed ahead without consulting Members of Transport Committee to establish a non-statutory inquiry into the events at Rio.
Deputy Munster said:
“It is little wonder that Justice Moran was frustrated by the remit of his inquiry.
"This inquiry had no powers of compellability, and did not receive cooperation from the International Olympic Committee, from Mr Hickey, from the Rio Organising Committee and others.
"This is a ludicrous situation and it meant that Justice Moran had to conduct his inquiries with one hand tied behind his back.”
In his report, Justice Moran has found that there were serious problems with the manner in which the OCI dealt with athletes, their families, coaches and supporters. He also described Pro10 as being “unfit for purpose” as an Authorised Ticket Reseller.
Families of athletes were unable to obtain tickets in Ireland, and there were issues regarding accreditation for the games which meant that some Irish athletes had to travel to their events by public transport.
While Justice Moran did not identify any evidence of criminal activity, Deputy Munster said that this was unsurprising, given the lack of cooperation from many of the main players involved in the matter.
Deputy Munster said:
“This time last year, when issues were raised by myself and others regarding the difficulties posed for the inquiry by virtue of it being non-statutory, Minister Ross was confident that all relevant parties would engage with the inquiry.
"As predicted by many at the time of the establishment of the inquiry, this has not happened. It is frustrating the we have wasted almost a year, and a large sum of taxpayers money on this inquiry with essentially no result.
“At a Committee meeting last year, Minister Shane Ross gave a commitment to reexamine the matter if the Moran inquiry was not fruitful.
"Minister Ross needs to state publicly whether he is truly satisfied that this non-statutory, half-baked inquiry has delivered the answers.
“I am calling on Minister Shane Ross to clarify matters, particularly the next step he intends to take given the serious issues faced by the Moran inquiry.”