Bastian Schweinsteiger is sorely missed from the German engine room while Jonathan Walters could have a key role to play for Ireland tonight. Photograph:  Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images.

Ah, Poland. Nobody could begrudge them Saturday’s victory in Warsaw – you owed them, we understand – but it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank executive Pat Whelan leaves the Circuit Criminal Court, Dublin.

Patrick Whelan was an attentive figure throughout the 10 weeks of the first Anglo Irish Bank trial. Whelan, the former head of Irish len(...)

 Mary O’Rourke with local Mary McCormack during a Democracy Matters campaign at Golden Island shopping centre Athlone where she was urging  for a No vote in the Seanad referendum next month.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The referendum to abolish the Seanad is throwing up some strange political bedfellows.Former Fianna Fail minister TD and Senator Mary O’Rourke was joi(...)

Conor Sammon (left) has been selected to lead the line for the Republic of Ireland against Austria at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

A good many of those who are liable to be critical of Ireland ’s regular captain might wonder a little more about the wisdom of wishing him awa(...)