Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to politics, saying ‘I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family’. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to politics on Friday, declaring he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP par(...)

Nevin Spence down on the farm: tragic death in slurry tank accident. Photo: John Dickson

He was all that we want our sporting heroes to be. Nevin Spence was a talented centre with the Ulster rugby team. At just 22 years of age he was on(...)

Aiden McGeady can have the best season of his career at Everton this year, says cluyb manager Roberto Martinez.  Photograph:  Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images

Everton manager Roberto Martinez took up today where Martin O’Neill had left off by hailing Aiden McGeady’s form and suggesting that the 28 year-old (...)

As sure as apples fall from trees, it seems, Ireland will always make life difficult for themselves against lesser teams when the stakes are high. (...)

Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters out-jumps David Kvirkvelia of Georgia European Championship Qualifier, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph: Inpho

One of the reasons Giovanni Trapattoni used to give for picking Robbie Keane in every game, regardless of the fluctuations of his form, was that he co(...)

At the Urlingford Arms in Urlingford, Co  Kilkenny, yesterday, from left:  Shauna Cleere, Thomas Broderick (Kilkenny fan) and his son Conor (Tipp fan)  watch  the game. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

And. . . breathe.The neutrals may welcome another shot at an All-Ireland hurling final but can the locals in Kilkenny and Tipperary bear it? Will the(...)

Aiden McGeady celebrates his late winner last night. “If my career finished now, I could look back happily on it. But you always want to do better.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer.

For the best part of a year now Martin O’Neill has poked fun at Aiden McGeady but always with a fondness that suggested he felt the player was a littl(...)

With his starting 11 long since decided upon, it seems, Martin O’Neill is weighing up who might be used from the bench in Ireland’s opening Europea(...)

Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaking to media in Malahide. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Roy Keane insists there is no fear in the Ireland camp ahead of the tricky away trip to Tblisi to face Georgia in the first Euro 2016 qualifier on Sun(...)