Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis celebrates after his side’s one-all draw with Finland last night propelled them to the top of their European Championship group. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The job was already done but Northern Ireland ended a magnificent qualifying campaign with one final feat by winning their group courtesy of a point (...)

If there’s one thing Ireland knows how to do well apart from the odd football upset, it’s coming up with a tune to accompany it. Italia 90’s “Put ‘Em (...)

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton. The party will make the flat rate suggestion in its pre-budget submission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Renua Ireland will propose a flat rate income tax of 23 per cent when it publishes its pre-budget submission on Monday. The party has made a flat tax(...)

Gardaí in Letterkenny: First time “car wash slavery” has been seen in Ireland. Photograph: North West Newspix

The term may be new in the Irish context, but so-called “car wash slavery” has become a major problem in the UK and other European countries in recent(...)

Luke Fitzgerald: “I find it pretty hard to say that I’m lucky to be here ... I’ve worked very hard.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

There’s Luke Fitzgerald then and there’s Luke Fitzgerald now. The pre-seasons and seasons have changed him. The tough selections have changed him. Inj(...)

Gardaí have detected an international crime gang trafficking men into the northwest to work in car washes. It is believed to be the first case (...)

Rob Kearney is a doubt for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup fixture against Italy after he suffered a gluteal strain after scoring his side’s fifth try in the 44-10 win over Romania at Wembley. Photograph: Inpho

Robbie Henshaw will return to full training on Tuesday and is expected to start at inside centre for Ireland against Italy next Sunday but Rob Kearney(...)

 Hungarian soldiers build a temporary  razor-wire fence  at the border between Hungary and Croatia. Photograph: Gyorgy Varga/EPA

Worsening weather and tightening borders confront thousands of migrants making their way through the Balkans to western Europe, as the changing season(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left) and European Council president Donald Tusk following an EU leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Bloomberg 1:57

EU leaders have pledged to increase humanitarian aid to refugees in Syria’s border countries and strengthen the EU’s external borders, in a bid to tak(...)

Migrants wait   at the train station of the Croatian town Tovarnik. Photograph: Stringerstr/AFP/Getty Images 1:23

The European Union is braced for a backlash from a group of central and eastern European countries over its decision to back a relocation scheme for r(...)