Really compulsive listening on the politics of Irish sport and its interaction with government. He is being awarded the Legion d'Honor by France. Hickey is really laying it out on the table from his perspective. He really went to town on Jim McDaid. He said that he and the IOC have had very good relationships with all Sport Ministers during his term with the exception of Jim McDaid. He says that at his and the IOC's Executive first meeting with Jim McDaid as Minister for Sport he greeted the Minister by saying that he and the IOC were glad that he was meeting them to which McDaid allegedly replied that they were at he's beck, call and whim at which point Hickey and the IOC up and left.
He alleged that McDaid and Tony O'Reilly conspired with Richard Burrows to unseat him as President of the IOC at a 'secret' dinner in Dublin city centre where the only topic on the agenda was how to get rid of Hickey. However, word of the 'secret' dinner and what was said got back to Hickey. He further alleged that there was a further 'secret' meeting in PortLaoise to which the heads of a dozen sporting bodies were invited to by McDaid where they were threatened that their sports would lose their State funding if they voted for Hickey in the vote against Burrows. Hickey says that he had his 'spies' at the meeting and that is how he knew about it plus that because voting was by secret ballot the Minister could never follow through on his threat indicating that the sporting bodies targeted by McDaid for the threat went ahead and voted for Hickey anyway.
Really compulsive listening and a lot of questions for McDaid to answer. Listen back on the web yourself when it goes up on the RTE website. You will not be disappointed. He also indicated that he will be writing a book on his IOC experiences including all of the above when he departs post the London Olympics.