Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney (right) has said he is sorry if his rendition of the republican ballad Joe McDonnell offended anybody and that he does not support violence or believe in every lyric in the song. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times. 0:39

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has said he is sorry if his rendition of the republican ballad Joe McDonnell offended any(...)

Thousands of NHS workers staged a walk out in an ongoing dispute with government over a 1 per cent pay rise. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Hundreds of thousands of NHS workers including midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff are staging a fresh protest over a pay (...)

Interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, who has made the final shortlist of three, is due to be interviewed on Monday for the post. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The identity of the new Garda commissioner will be known in the next 10 days, with the final interviews for the post being held this week.Interim Gar(...)

 Leinster’s Darragh Fanning scores his first  try against Treviso. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama / Inpho

Treviso 24 Leinster 24The physical aches and pains will probably pale when weighed against the mental anguish that the Leinster players will feel in t(...)

  Stuart Hogg of Scotland scores a try against Tonga during the autumn test international match at Rugby Park   in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland 32 Tonga 12Scotland rounded of 2014 with another hugely encouraging display as they swept five tries past Tonga in a 37-12 win at Kilmarnock’(...)

 New SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon with former first minister Alex Salmond. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon will be officially sworn in as Scotland’s first minister today. Ms Sturgeon (44) succeeds Alex Salmond who announced he would step (...)

England fans  during the international friendly with Scotland at Celtic Park.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The England band were completely unaware they were providing the background music for anti-IRA songs during Tuesday’s friendly in Scotland, their lea(...)

England fans during the International friendly at Celtic Park last night. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/Pa

After all the talk of passion and ancestral heat, the latest meeting of international football’s original Adam and Eve was both a little more and a li(...)

The much-anticipated meeting of England and Scotland was marred my provocative chants and subsequent arrests. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/Pa

Seven people were arrested following a disturbance near a hotel after the Scotland v England football match last night in Glasgow.Police were called t(...)

Alex Salmond and first minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon after he stepped down from office yesterday. Photograph: PA

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond stepped down from office yesterday, describing his seven years in charge of Scotland’s government as “the privi(...)