Updated: 18/08/17 : 12:50:56
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Minister may send Olympic ticket report to Director of Corporate Enforcement

The Minister for Sport has said he may send the Moran report into alleged ticket touting at the 2016 Rio Olympic games to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.  

Shane Ross also told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport that the report will be sent to the ethics committee of the International Olympic Committee.

The Minister said he only found out this week about the contract tying the Olympic Council of Ireland to THG until 2026.

He also said a statutory inquiry would have got bogged down as it was very difficult to compel witnesses and it would have been in and out of the High Court.

A separate report by Grant Thornton report into what happened was stopped by an injunction by one of the parties.

Solidarity/People Before Profit TD Mick Barry said it was outrageous that former OCI president Pat Hickey had not had to answer questions.  

He said Mr Hickey should be compelled to attend, even if it was difficult.

The Minister said on principle, Mr Hickey should attend the committee but he sad he did not want to speculate on the chances of him appearing.  

Both Mr Barry and committee chairman Fergus O'Dowd said Judge Carroll Moran, who wrote the report, should be asked to examine the controversial deal between the OCI and THG covering future Olympics.  

Mr Ross also said a €60,000 annual honorarium paid to Mr Hickey was very worrying and far above the minimum wage.

Mr Ross has concluded his appearance before the committee, which is now hearing from Sarah Keane - Mr Hickey's successor as OCI President.

Ms Keane said the OCI only recently found out about the contract completed by Mr Hickey tying the OCI into a deal with THG for future Olympic tickets until 2026.

She said the deal was not brought before the board and they still had not seen original copies of the documents. They are taking legal advice on the validity of the documents but they have been told they cannot discuss them further.

She said they were united in pursuit of a reformed OCI and were working on root and branch changes.

Ms Keane added that the OCI had taken a reputational and a financial hit.

She outlined changes already made and more that are under way, saying 11 of 25 recommendations made by Deloitte into governance at the organisation had been completed - two in part and eight more were planned.

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy told the committee it was working on a new code for the OCI which would cover agreements with ticketing agents for Tokyo 2020.

Meanwhile, Mr O'Dowd said the €1.7m in public monies given to the OCI during the Rio Olympic cycle was "a very bad deal" and he said there was very little return for Olympians and their families.