The 2020 sporting summer will be like no other after the Government confirmed that mass gathering over 5,000 people will not be licensed before September.

This means the 2020 All-Ireland championships cannot go ahead as normal, in packed stadiums, before the autumn, while the League of Ireland, racing festivals and other major sporting events will be severely curtailed, if they can go ahead at all.

A statement issued this evening said that local authorities have been advised by Government that event promoters should be informed that events requiring licences in excess of 5,000 will not be considered for the period up to the end of August.

This view was endorsed by Cabinet today, where Ministers were told that all major planned gatherings will have to be shelved until September at the earliest.

It means there will be no major sport events or concerts held in the country this summer.

The GAA were contacted by RTÉ Sport and said they would not be commenting until they had consulted with the Government.

The FAI are expected to issue a statement shortly.

Additional reporting: Mícheál Lehane