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Athletes may carry Olympic torch here

The Olympic Torch is expected to be carried here as part of the celebrations in the lead-up to the Games in London next year, writes Tom Brady.

The torch is already listed to make an appearance in Northern Ireland as it makes its traditional route from Greece to the Olympic Games.

But Justice Minister Alan Shatter disclosed yesterday that he was hopeful it would be carried across the border and shown to the public here before being taken to London.

This followed discussions he held with British Home Secretary Theresa May during a meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

The torch is to arrive in Britain in mid-May of next year and end up in London on the weekend before the Games begin on July 27. The Games will continue until August 12.

Mr Shatter said yesterday he was very hopeful that the Republic would be included in the itinerary with the co-operation of the British Olympics Federation, and that it would be another example of the many levels of co-operation that existed between Ireland and the UK.

Irish Independent