The investigation into the controversial ticketing scandal that took place during the 2016 Rio Olympics reportedly cost Ireland more than €312,765.

The probe looked to determine the practice of ticket distribution by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) for the international event two years ago.

The non-statutory inquiry was initiated following the arrest of the former head of the OCI, Pat Hickey, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was alleged that he was involved in a ticket touting operation.

The trial at which Hickey was reportedly set to testify was suspended and he denies any wrongdoing.

Brasilia’s Supreme Court said that an injunction to suspend the case – a step already granted to THG Sports executive Kevin Mallon – would extend to all others listed for the case, including Hickey.

THG was the Irish authorised ticket reseller (ATR) for the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympics. It was barred from being used for Rio 2016, but the Moran Inquiry said replacement Pro 10 was simply a front for THG.

Judge Carroll Moran, who led the inquiry, said that the investigation was limited due to the lack of communication and cooperation from some Brazilian and international stakeholders.

Moran said in his report that his investigation “was barred direct access to the details of ticketing, some or all of which were within the knowledge of Pro10, THG and [Rio local organising committee] ROCOGT”.

“The provenance and destination of each ticket and the consideration given for them at each step in their journey were never revealed to the Inquiry.”

Sports Minister Shane Ross said Moran completed and published his report in June 2017, which can be considered the completion date of his inquiry.

“The total cost of the Moran Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the receipt, distribution and sale of tickets for the Rio Olympic Games and ancillary matters amounted to €312,765. There are no outstanding amounts to be paid,” he added.

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