Tuesday, 1 June 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
308. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the plan for a return of spectators to sports grounds will be published; the trail event that will be held; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29747/21]
Minister Martin and I announced on Friday 28 May that we will begin to trial the safe return of spectators to sporting events in June and July. Some cultural events will also be trialled. The announcement follows a decision by Government to allow for the further easing of restrictions in line with public health guidance. In total, 15 sporting events across Gaelic games, rugby, football, golf and athletics have been targeted for the period from 11 June to 10 July.
These pilot events will allow for sports organisations to test necessary control and other measures in stadia across a range of areas.
The trial events we have identified are spread across five different sports and in venues located around the country.
The intention is that the pilots will provide lessons for further phase of sporting events to be attended by spectators into July and August.
Details on the 15 initial trial events can be found at the following link: