Evening top 5: OCI crisis, new garda ethics code and Lowcostholidays refunds

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The Olympic Council of Ireland has announced a crisis management team to investigate the Rio ticketing scandal.

The three-person group will comprise Sarah Keane of Swim Ireland, Professor Ciaran O'Cathain of Athletics Ireland and Robert Norwood from the Snowsports Association.

Meanwhile, Pat Hickey is expected to make a fresh bail application during his first court appearance tomorrow. 


Gardaí have been encouraged to speak up against wrongdoing in a new draft code of ethics published by the Policing Authority.

The code, which was drawn up in the wake of a string of garda scandals, includes guidelines aimed at supporting whistleblowing by both officers and civilian employees of the force.

Its recommendations place particular responsibility on members of senior management, who are told they “must support, encourage and facilitate speaking up at every level in the organisation”.


More than 3,000 people have lodged refund claims with the Commission for Aviation Regulation following the collapse of Lowcostholidays.

The Spanish tour operator ceased trading on July 15th, leaving an estimated 15,000 Irish holiday makers out of pocket.

Customers have until September 19th to submit their claims to the commission. 


A fathers' rights campaigner interrupted the live TV broadcast of the Rose of Tralee.

A member of British-based Fathers for Justice group stormed the stage and disrupted the Cavan Rose's appearance.

The broadcast cut to ads for several minutes while the intruder was removed.


Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has revealed he will run again to be leader of his country in next year's elections.

The 61-year-old, who served as president between 2007 and 2012, was unseated from the Elysee Palace when he was defeated in the last French presidential election by Francois Hollande.

The Socialist leader has since proved increasingly unpopular as many of the reforms he has tried to institute have failed.