Spectators to be trialled at sporting events this summer

May 05, 2021

Taoiseach Micheál Martin after a Nemo Rangers win.

Supporters could be present at GAA championship matches as the Government look to find a safe way for fans to return to stadiums this summer.

Crowds have been prevented from attending GAA matches since last October when Level 5 restrictions were introduced. However, Taoiseach Micheál Martin revealed on Off The Ball last night that spectators will be trialled at sporting events in July at the earliest, as part of plans to ease the country out of lockdown.

“We would hope to do it this summer. We are going to trial, certainly, a number of events. I know Jack Chambers pulled together a group from the IRFU, the FAI and GAA, a working group by Martin Murphy,” Martin said.

“They drew up extensive protocols back in October, then the third wave came. We've had Professor Mark Ferguson's report on antigen testing, we have the vaccinations. We will be trialling some events; we're probably looking towards July and Government is looking towards that end.

“So we will be trialling some events. I think you’re probably looking at July and government is working up plans now and over the next number of weeks towards that end and also learning lessons from what’s happened in the UK and what’s happening in other jurisdictions to see how we can get fans back in in a safe way.”

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