The Oireachtas Transport, Tourism and Sport committee has decided against trying to compel former OCI President Pat Hickey to answer questions at this stage.

Mr Hickey has previously declined to attend the committee, which met in private for about two hours this afternoon to decide the next steps in its examination of the Rio Olympics ticketing controversy. 

The committee's legal advice was that it would be difficult to compel Mr Hickey to appear as he is facing criminal charges abroad. 

It will ask Minister for Sport Shane Ross to request retired Judge Carroll Moran to examine the controversial deal done by Mr Hickey tying the OCI to THG for future Olympics until 2026.

Members have also agreed to write to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Public Accounts Committee to ask them to examine Judge Moran's report on the affair.

Judge Moran's report into alleged ticket touting at the 2016 games, published earlier this month, found that the seller appointed by the Olympic Council of Ireland was not genuine and provided an inadequate and chaotic service.

The OCI's authorised reseller - Dublin company Pro10 - was appointed after THG was rejected by the Rio organising committee.

THG is owned by Marcus Evans Group.

The report by Judge Moran found that Pro10 was not fit for purpose and was used to disguise the continuing role of THG.

Separately, the OCI board is meeting tomorrow evening for the first time since the Moran report was published. 

It will consider advice on the legality of the contracts with THG for future Olympics.