The IRFU pays each Ireland player a basic fee for making the Rugby World Cup 2015 squad (between €30,000 and €40,000). Photograph: Fotolia

(...) business is set up to do. So once you can get by that point we’re normally fine.” Like each other Tier One(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said the term “battle group” was “unfortunate and misleading”. He said this term  described the force size rather than its role and said it was a “standard technical military term for a battalion-sized force with support elements comprising 1,500 personnel”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

(...) start-up and operation of the battle group. They argued that it compromised Ireland’s neutrality. Other(...)

A senior Department of Finance official has expressed anxiety about the “imbalance” in the housing market. Photograph: Frank Miller

(...) and other property issues. He was speaking as the department presented the economic forecasts which(...)

The 9ft 9 inch mahogany clock went under the hammer  at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare

(...) up for auction. Among other highlights in the auction were the contents of Furness House, Co Kildare(...)

Michelle Morrison. File Photograph: Collins Courts

(...) virtue of existing hedges and vegetation on other properties. Ms Morrison says she did not object to a(...)

Senator David Norris: said the byelection  to fill Jimmy Harte’s seat was a  “complete farce with only 100 voters”

(...) convention in the Labour Party, should there be other nominees. If she is successful, or if there is no other(...)

Former president of the UN General Assembly John Ashe. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

(...) to his wife’s bank accounts and spent other sums on his home mortgage in Dobbs Ferry, New York; BMW(...)

 Microsoft corporate vice-president Panos Panay introduces a new laptop titled the Microsoft Surface Book at a media event for new Microsoft products  in New York. Microsoft also unveiled a virtual reality head set titled the HoloLens, a phone titled the Lumia 950, a tablet titled the Surface Pro 4 and a biometrics wristband titled the Band 2. Photograph:  Andrew Burton/Getty Images

(...) hinge, sets it apart from other devices that attempt to compete with Apple’s MacBooks, he said. “I don(...)

Brendan Irvine claimed a 3-0 unanimous points win over Nico Hernandez of the USA on the first day of the World Championships in Doha. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brendan Irvine and Michael O’Reilly have progressed through to the last 16 of the World Championships in Doha, but there was disappointment for Dean W(...)

Pope Francis leaves  the second morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

(...) the Eucharist?”, or, in other words, who invites people to take part in Communion? In September 1998(...)