A meeting of Cabinet this afternoon should give more insight into how the GAA can proceed with plans to hold inter-county and club championships in 2021. 

There have been positive inklings from the Government that a further exemption to allow inter-county activity will be available again but it's not expected there will be an immediate lifting of restrictions in this regard. 

Another significant issue is when the GAA will deem it safe to return. 

Speaking to RTÉ News recently, GAA president John Horan said there would be no rush to return while Covid-19 case numbers were still high. 

"The GAA have an appetite to go back, of course," he said.

"Everybody within the GAA family would love to be back playing games and training in the morning but look, we’ve always acted with safety and responsibility as the key tenets of our decision-making process and that will remain and that’s why we’re not in any rush to come back at the moment because we don’t feel it’s safe or responsible. 

"The virus is too virulent throughout society. The numbers are still too high and we’re not going to put our members or their families at risk in making any decisions like that in the short term." 

Following today’s likely clarification from Cabinet that inter-county games could resume at some stage - although not immediately - the GAA’s Covid-19 Advisory Group will reconvene in the coming days to consider latest developments. 

The committee, which includes specialists such as Professor Mary Horgan, will advise the association on when a safe return is possible. 

Last weekend, Horan reiterated the association’s desire to proceed with inter-county activity first, meaning that compacted Allianz Leagues could yet take place. 

With no resumption of activity likely in the immediate short-term and a four-week pre-season at the very minimum to be incorporated, it could possibly be May by the time the league begins. 

Meanwhile, there remains a huge push for children to be allowed return to some form of non-contact training in pods over the coming weeks. 

A number of clubs and sportspeople have highlighted the challenges facing school-going children in the current lockdown without the release of exercise, enjoyment and group training with their friends.