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The United States Olympic Committee’s ticketing policy

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Tweet from Olive Loughnane, Irish race walker who competed at the games of 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Good times.

Via Paul Reynolds

USOC

Meanwhile…

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From top: Independent Alliance Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross with Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O Donovan outside the Department of Transport this afternoon; Retired Justice Carroll Moran

Retired High Court Judge Carroll Moran has been appointed to chair the inquiry into the OCI’s allocation of Olympic tickets going back to the 2012 Games.

‘No limits’ on former judge’s inquiry into Olympic tickets controversy (RTÉ)

Rollingnews

25 thoughts on “Ticket Master

  1. DubLoony

    That is just miserable. Families give huge support to athletes for years, at a minimum I’d expect that they get an allocation of tickets. Why wasn’t there a bigger fuss kicked up about this before the events?

    1. Paddy

      This has been known about for ages. Family members went to the press during the Beijing games saying they couldn’t get tickets. The media didn’t want to know for some reason.

  2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Quit yer moaning. What did you expect Pat Hickey’s wife, family and friends to do? Sit in their 5* hotel and miss the games?
    Jesus. Some people. ME ME ME.

  3. Owen

    She should hold onto any correspondence she has of asking for her allocation of tickets, as should all the athletes. Appalling stuff really.

    1. phil

      Do we know anything about him? A safe pair of hands I hope ? Does he manage to sleep through the night or can he identify with the ‘victim’ ?

    2. Louis Lefronde

      Ireland doesn’t need retired judges to look into matters like this, it needs investigating magistrates who (independent of the cops and DPPs office) can bring prosecutions. The stuffed shirts in the Law Library might not like it…but who cares?

  4. Clampers Outside!

    It’s not an inquiry of weight though is it…. I thought I heard Howlin this morning call it a ‘scoping’ exercise.

    So there is nothing at all legal about the findings. It’ll be a waste of money… but sure the retired judge with a six figure pension needs to earn a few bob more from somewhere…. sorry, my cynical meter just exploded…. please correct me if I’m wrong!

  5. some old queen

    Ok maybe I’m having a dumb moment but why the need for an inquiry at all?

    Either a crime was committed or it was not so why don’t the Guards just do their job and investigate?

    1. Delacaravanio

      Sure that’s the beauty of the whole thing. The inquiry can’t make criminal findings, as it’s a matter for the Gardaí to investigate before prosecuting in the courts. The Gardaí can’t investigate while there is an enquiry ongoing. Then when the inquiry finishes the judge will send his findings to the guards and the DPP, who will both look to each other to tell the other want to do. By then the whole thing will be forgotten about.

    2. Deluded

      According to d’radio today the OCI doesn’t tolerate political interfence in local chapters. Also, all information relating to members is confidential; even if someone wanted to help the inquiry, they couldn’t.

  6. martco

    wondering what sort of Agri & trade deals have we have going on with the Brazilians at the moment…not that it would have any influence over the outcome of all this for Hickey and pals atall atall atall :)

    1. Truth in the News

      John Bryan and the IFA upset the Brazilian Beef Exports over Foot and Mouth
      couple years back, it wasn’t the ordinary Brazilian Farmer, it was the multinationals
      with their huge investments that got burnt….quite a few were British and US speculators, not unlike what we have swallowing up NAMA assets.

  7. Truth in the News

    What exactly is Judge Moran’s terms of refererence and what powers has he if any, All this is an exercise in futility, who in going to follow the accounts both foreign and domestic, in other words the “money trail”, that will tell the tale.
    It would also appear that Ross has very little Government support and every opportunity is being used to wrong foot him, would Ross have any hepfull friends
    in Molesworth St who have brethern in Brazil……?

  8. Condescending nana

    from sports to charities to HSE to any form of self goeverning body this is what happens when you put a paddy at the helm, without fail

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