A Leinster Rugby match, that would have seen 2,000 spectators return to the RDS, will now not go ahead as planned according to the Sports Minister.

Last month the club submitted plans to Government to use rapid antigen testing to allow fans back to the arena in Dublin.

Today, Minister Jack Chambers confirmed that fans would not attending. He said the reopening of society does not involve spectators at matches in May.

He said, however, that he is optimistic that fans will be back at matches this summer.

He said a lot of work has been done on the issue and that there is a plan for spectators to attend test events in July and August.

Leinster Rugby had proposed pre-match antigen testing would take place by appointment and would be on-site at the RDS.

Capacity would be capped at 2,000 spectators, just 11% of normal match-day capacity and tickets would be made available to spectators from the same household or bubble.

It was expected the fans would sit two metres apart inside the stadium with numerous dedicated exit and entrance points.

Meanwhile, those representing the nightlife industry called on the Government to hold test events covering their sector as soon as possible.

The calls came as thousands of partygoers attended a dance party in Liverpool as part of pilot to see how venues can reopen.

It is likely that test events for the art sector here will take place this summer.