Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Sport Robert Troy TD has called on Minister Shane Ross to outline the progress made to date with the inquiry into the Olympic ticketing controversy.
Deputy Troy made the comments after it was confirmed that the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has postponed its own investigation into the controversy.
“The OCI is currently engulfed in a crisis. It has postponed its own inquiry which was meant to provide an in-depth insight as to how tickets were allocated for the Olympic Games in Rio. There has also been a raft of resignations from the OCI Board, including the Chair of the Crisis Management Committee Ciarán Ó Catháin,” said Deputy Troy.
“I raised serious concerns surrounding the non-statutory nature of the Government inquiry when it was first established. It was always apparent that the inquiry would struggle to get to the bottom of this controversy while it was on a non-statutory footing. The initial Government inquiry was meant to report within 10 weeks, but this deadline has now passed.
“The OCI investigation was meant to feed into the Government inquiry into this issue. That plan has now been put on hold entirely and this will have enormous repercussions for the Government led inquiry.
“Minister Ross needs to provide leadership on this issue. We need to know the current status of the Government inquiry into this controversy. Only then can it be determined if the inquiry needs to be placed on a statutory footing to allow it complete its work. I wrote to Minister Ross two weeks ago asking him for an update on the inquiry. I am still awaiting a reply from him.
“The OCI should bring forward the date of the Extraordinary General Meeting to allow a new board to be elected. It is clear for all to see that the organisation needs new leadership to allow it overcome the enormous difficulties it now faces,” concluded Deputy Troy.