Irish fans of the Olympic Games must wait for the International Olympic Commission’s approval of the route before the organisers (LOCOG) can finalise plans with the Olympic Committee of Ireland.
Talks on issues such as security are still in progress with the relevant bodies including the Olympic Committee of Ireland (O.C.I) ,the Garda Siochana , the Assistant Commissioner of the PSNI and the Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, which has responsibility for overall security for the Torch relay. IF the authorisation is given by the IOC for the Torch to travel to Dublin there are plans for the torch to be abseiled off the roof of Croke Park on June 6th after a symbolic handover at Newry, involving perhaps boxer Wayne McCullough or golfer Rory McIlroy.
“The IOC will sign off on it at the next meeting in December if the governments have resolved the security issues,” an Olympic official commented and if these are formally agreed then it is expected that the proposal will be discussed and likely endorsed at next month’s I.O.C meeting since it is that august body which has the final decision.
Today the Games organisers LOCOG have announced their plans for the Torch insofar as the United Kingdom is concerned.