The Government has given its support to the Football Association of Ireland's bid to host a number of UEFA Euro 2020 matches.
The FAI hopes Dublin can be included as one of the 13 European cities that will stage games in the revamped tournament.
The Cabinet today approved a memo backing the bid that must be submitted to UEFA before 25 April.
The successful cities will be announced in September.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said the Government could provide support in the form of garda security for the games.
Some changes to tax codes may also be required to facilitate the tournament, he said.
"This is a great opportunity to market the country again and it's cost neutral," he told RTÉ News.