The inquiry into ticketing at the Olympic Games in Brazil has cost the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport a hefty €312,765. Legal Fees alone were €249,719, forensic accountancy clocked in at €40,744 with Stenography at €12,455 and other incidental expenses

Following the dramatic events at the Rio games, Judge Carroll Moran was tasked with investigating practices at the Olympic Council of Ireland and the distribution of tickets going back as far as 2012.

Minister Shane Ross was responding to questions on related matters in the Dáil, and was also very eager to stress that an unnamed individual “is not, and has not been, in receipt of any payment or financial support or other supports from either my Department or Sport Ireland”.