Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic means it could be some time before it is possible for contact sports to be played again in the country. 

The likes of Gaelic games, soccer and rugby have been suspended at all levels since last month, with no date yet in sight for when it will be possible for both amateur enthusiasts and elite players to get back on the pitch. 

"All of us would love to be back in action as soon as we possibly can," Treacy said at the launch of the government's new In This Together campaign, promoting mental and physical well-being during lockdown.

"But we're absolutely going to take our guidance from government in terms of when the restrictions are going to be lifted.

"Sport is planning for that day. Some sports are non-contact, done outdoors, with a lot of physical distancing, and they will obviously be a priority.

"I think it will be a lot trickier for some of the contact sports, and we'll just have to monitor that very carefully.

"But it's up to Government to give the green light. We provide the information and the decisions will be made."