Taoiseach Michael Martin Gives Update on Attendance at this Year’s All-Ireland finals

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Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, he said: ‘We’ve progressively and in a sustained way reopened society. There are a whole range of indoor activities we’ve got to look at in the coming period.

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‘Also, live entertainment and that industry, which has always been a very severe casualty of COVID-19.

‘Hospitality has been particularly vulnerable, tourism and travel, but it’s going to take a long haul to get travel back to where it was pre-pandemic.

‘Where we go from here is we look at all remaining areas where we have restrictions, take public health advice and look to progressively open up.

‘We just done indoor dining. We have to see how that plays out. We’ve done travel.

‘The indoor sporting areas is one, for example, which we do have to prepare for in terms of the September period and onwards.

‘We do have to look at the live entertainment, but let’s do it in a sustained way so we don’t go back.

‘I’ve been saying this consistently for the last number of months — what we open, we want to maintain.

‘We have avoided super spreader events in Ireland, I think they [ the UK] had a number of those with the Euros,’ Mr Martin continued.

When asked about the All-Ireland final’s the Taoiseach said: ‘We’ll see increased numbers at the semi finals. I’m not going to give you exact figures. Jack Chambers is working with the Gaelic Athletic Association on that and he’s working with the FAI and other sporting bodies on various fixtures coming up in the next six weeks.’

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