Elite And Professional Athletes To Be Given Quarantine Exemption

It will have various knock on effects for several sportspeople in the region.

Elite and professional athletes can now be granted exemptions from hotel quarantine on arrival into Ireland. 

There had been uncertainty about this week's Women's Six Nations rugby clash between Ireland and France but that game will now go ahead at Donnybrook tomorrow afternoon. 

There were doubts over whether the semi-professional French squad would need to have an isolation period on their arrival to Dublin. 

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that legislation has been signed which allows Sport Ireland to give exemptions to athletes from quarantine on a case by case basis. 

Meanwhile Minister for State for Sport Jack Chambers says Irish Olympians won't be bumped up the queue for COVID-19 vaccines ahead of this summer's Toyko Games. 

Minister Chambers says that the government is happy with the current age-based order of priority for the jabs:

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