A report by the Irish Government into the ticket scandal at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has not been published because of legal problems, it has been revealed today.
The report into how the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) handled the issue at Rio 2016 has been completed by Justice Cearbhall Moran.
But Ireland's Transport ad Sports Minister Shane Ross admitted that one of the named parties has raised legal concerns over its publication.
He has told Ireland's Parliament, the Dáil, in Dublin that he is awaiting advice from both the Attorney General Séamus Woulfe and a Brazilian lawyer before he can release it.
"I am in the position to publish the report if I wish to and if I thought it was wise," Ross said.
"I think it will be extraordinarily foolish in the light of what you've already heard to publish this report having referred it to the Attorney General."
Yesterday, former OCI President Pat Hickey, arrested during Rio 2016 in connection with the investigation, told Newstalk Breakfast that he had seen a draft of the report.
"My legal team have advised Judge Moran - and the Minister and the Attorney General - that this report should not be published until after the court case is heard in Rio," he said.
"Anything that comes out of it could prejudice my fair trial."
Hickey, who has stood down from his role as President European Olympic Committees and is self-suspended from his International Olympic Committee roles, was charged with various ticketing offences,
They reportedly include criminal organisation, ticket touting, ambush marketing, larceny, money laundering and tax evasion.
Hickey has denied all the allegations.
The 72-year-old Hickey told Newstalk Breakfast that he felt abandoned by the Irish Government following his arrest in the early hours of the morning in his hotel room in Rio de Janeiro.
He was briefly held in a high-security prison before being released on house arrest.
There was some sympathy for Hickey today from Sarah Keane, who succeeded him in February as President of the OCI.
"All I would say is that I don’t think anyone would condone the way that happened in terms of the hotel room and 6am in the morning and what happened there," Keane told The Irish Times.
"I am sure it has been a terribly traumatic time for him and his family,"