Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD says the publication of the report carried out by retired judge Carroll Moran into alleged ticket touting at the Rio Olympics has cast a dark shadow over the OCI.

Deputy Troy added that the report highlights that Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross should have established a statutory inquiry in order to get to the bottom of this issue.

Deputy Troy said, “The publication of this report proves that the governance structures at the OCI were wholly inadequate for many years. It’s clear that the former President of the OCI Pat Hickey merely informed the committee of key decisions that were taken rather than consulting with them and seeking their agreement. This is an unacceptable manner in which to govern any organisation.

“It’s important to note that the OCI has begun the process of overhauling its governance structures under the leadership of Sarah Keane. The Government needs to support the OCI in overcoming the issues raised in this report.

“The publication of the report also raises serious questions over Minister Ross’ judgement. The Minister was warned that the failure to establish a statutory inquiry meant the investigation was flawed before it even began due to the lack of powers of compellability available to judge Moran.

“Judge Moran states in her report that the “failure by so many principal participants to engage with the Inquiry has imposed a major impediment in the preparation of this Report.”

“It’s clear that Minister Ross should have established a statutory inquiry in order to get to the bottom of this matter. It’s deeply disappointing that the Minister chose to establish a non-statutory inquiry when it was blatantly apparent that key participants would not co-operate with it.”