This week, I called on the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to answer questions regarding the ongoing Olympic ticket scandal in Rio. Deputy Rock is a member of the committee and believes the public have a right to know the full details.
This ongoing ticket scandal is an embarrassment, not just for the OCI but for the country in general. While we should be enjoying and talking about the events taking place on the track, in the pool, etc. we are discussing off the field antics and an Irishman arrested for selling OCI allocated tickets on the black market.
I am calling on the OCI and its President, Pat Hickey, to appear before PAC and answer questions from myself and my fellow committee members. We need to investigate this fully and ensure the lessons are learned from this and it never happens again. I have commented before about my absolute zero tolerance towards ticket touting, and to see tickets allocated to a taxpayer funded body being apparently touted raises questions that must be answered.
I would also like to see the breakdown of monies received from the OCI from its authorised ticket reseller and determine how much of this money was received by the various national federations and athletes from across the country. It is important that the OCI is fully transparent in its dealings with its commercial partners and I hope PAC will be given the chance to investigate this fully, as obviously any shortcoming in expected income will ultimately have to be stumped up by the taxpayer: therefore it is certainly in our interest.