Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has said that in light of today’s announcement that both the Olympic Council of Ireland and THG have amicably parted contractual ways, the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross must move to reinstate funding to the Olympic organisation.

In a statement earlier today, the Olympic Council of Ireland confirmed that they have terminated their contracts with ticketing company THG in relation to the 2018-2026 Olympic Games.

Commenting on the news, Deputy Troy said, “I very much welcome confirmation that these contracts have been appropriately severed, this is in the interest of all involved in what has been a long debacle since the summer of 2016.

“The allegations of impropriety on behalf of THG Sports, Pro10 and members of the OCI caused huge embarrassment for Ireland on the global stage and Irish sport, in particular.

“Emphasis must now be rightfully focused on overcoming the reputational damage that was inflicted upon the organisation.

“Therefore, it is time for Minister Shane Ross to reinstate Government funding to the Olympic Council to ensure that athletes are adequately supported to allow them excel in their given sport and not further penalised for something that was not of their making.

“Today’s decision demonstrates that new officers employed in the OCI, under the leadership of Sarah Keane, are serious about overhauling structures and practicing good corporate governance.

Troy concluded, “Now that these contracts have been terminated, the Government needs to support the OCI in overcoming the issues raised throughout the investigation into the matter and specified in the Moran Report.”