Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy says opposition parties must be consulted by Minister Shane Ross over the proposed terms of reference for the inquiry into the Olympic ticket controversy.
Deputy Troy said, “Today I have written to Minister Ross to highlight Fianna Fáil’s concerns about the effectiveness of his proposed inquiry into the Rio ticket touting scandal.
“While the advice of the Attorney General has to be respected, we have concerns that a non-statutory inquiry would lack powers of compellability of witnesses and access to documentary evidence.
“The allegations of impropriety on behalf of THG Sports, Pro 10 and members of the OCI have to be fully and independently examined. It should be acknowledged that the OCI has agreed to fully cooperate with the inquiry. However members of the public are understandably skeptical given the organisation’s initial reluctance to have any independent appointees involved in the investigation.
“In the event of full cooperation not being forthcoming from individuals or organisations under investigation, I believe the Government should keep open the option of converting to a statutory inquiry.
“This is a very serious matter which has caused huge embarrassment for Ireland on the global stage and Irish sport, in particular. There is an urgent need for Minister Ross to get this inquiry underway. It is essential that the inquiry is seen as credible and has full buy-in across all parties.
“The Minister should engage in prior discussion on the terms of reference with myself, as well as with other opposition spokespeople, rather than presenting them as a fait accompli next week when we are told he intends to publish details of the inquiry.”