The Government has agreed to reconfirm Ireland's commitment to hosting matches as part of the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, which is now due to take place in 2021.

The four matches that were due to be played in Dublin in June 2020 are now provisionally scheduled to be played in June/July 2021.

UEFA has asked all governing authorities and member football associations to reconfirm their commitment to hosting the games by 30 April, 2020. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross, will now be writing to UEFA to make this commitment.

Minister Shane Ross said: "While it can be hard at times to see beyond the current public health emergency, we have to plan for the future and happier times. 

"We were all looking forward to hosting the Euros this summer and I am pleased that the Government has recommitted to hosting next year, subject to public health advice. 

"Since the outset of this project it has been the goal of the Government, the FAI, Dublin City Council and other stakeholders that Dublin be the best of the 12 hosting cities – that goal remains.

"It will be great opportunity to remind the world of how well we can deliver top class sporting events and to boost our international profile in a positive way. "

A pre-event economic study on the impact of hosting the tournament in Dublin and in Ireland estimated the economic impact from the direct spend by overseas tourists to be in the range of €106m-€128m with Exchequer revenues of €26m.