Ireland have their sights set on Olympic qualification in a relay event after naming a 24-strong team for the LEN European Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

Twenty swimmers and four divers will compete in Hungary as they look to further tune up for the looming Tokyo Games. The championships run from 10 to 23 May.

There is a strong emphasis on trying to qualify an Irish team for an Olympic relay swimming event for the first time since 1972.

The 12 highest finishing nations in each Olympic relay event at the 2019 FINA World Championships (held in Gwangju, South Korea) have automatically qualified for the Games.

With a total of 16 Olympic slots available per relay, that means that each event has four positions still available. Ireland currently sit in two top-16 positions heading into this championships.

The Irish men's 4x100m medley relay finished 14th at the 2019 World Championships, while the men's 4x200m freestyle relay finished 16th.

Budapest represents the last opportunity for European nations to achieve qualification.

An Irish team in the mixed 4x100m medley relay has also been selected for Budapest, as has a quartet for the women's 4x100m medley and 4x100m freestyle relay events.

The Irish team includes the four swimmers who have already achieved Olympic consideration times for individual events - Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene, Daniel Wiffen and Mona McSharry - as well as Irish senior record holders Brendan Hyland, Conor Ferguson, Danielle Hill, Ellen Walshe and Jack McMillan, and Irish junior record holders Paddy Johnston and Eoin Corby.

The focus for the divers will be on further preparation for the Games. The quartet that competed at the FINA Diving World Cup in Japan last week - Oliver Dingley, Clare Cryan, Ciara McGing, and Tanya Watson - will once again form the diving team.

No Olympic qualification is available to the divers on this occasion, though Dingley and Watson have already earned their tickets to the Games.

"For our swimmers, this event has an explicit relay focus as far as we are concerned, and the athletes are aware that this is the absolute priority for these championships," said Swim Ireland's National Performance Director Jon Rudd.

"There is nothing more honourable in our sport than representing your nation in a relay event and this team have been selected with one purpose in mind: Olympic relay qualification.

"For our divers, it's off a plane from Tokyo and onto a plane to Budapest in the quest for much needed international competition leading into the summer, something that we have all missed so much in the last 14 months.

"Across swimming and diving, it is a large team, and it has been selected with a clear intent and purpose."

Irish Divers Schedule (Irish time)

Tuesday, 11 May, 11.30am Clare Cryan (1m Springboard - Final same evening after 6.30pm)
Thursday, 13 May, 11am Tanya Watson & Ciara McGing (10m Platform- Final same evening after 6.30pm)
Friday, 14 May, 11am Oliver Dingley (3m Springboard - Final same evening after 6.30pm)
Saturday, 15 May 11am Clare Cryan (3m Springboard - Final same evening after 6.30pm)

Swimmers schedule TBC