Independent MP Michelle Thomson with first minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP  Nicola Sturgeon. Mrs Thomson resigned from the SNP after Police Scotland announced it was investigating her. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

On May 9th, just two days after the general election, Nicola Sturgeon held a press conference on the banks of the Firth of Forth, outside Edinburgh. F(...)

Republic of Ireland  players congratulate goalscorer Shane Long after their victory over Germany: Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Germany had the ghoulies and ghosties, as usual. But on another night of early Hallowe’en drama at the Aviva, Ireland had the Long-legged beastie - fi(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long celebrates with Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the game. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh. Mein. Gott. A Darren Randolph-Shane Long one-two and Bob’s your Onkel, we had ourselves one of the most impossibly daft and outrageously deliciou(...)

 Pádraig Harrington  in action during the first round of the British Masters at Woburn Golf Club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington made strong starts to the British Masters after both carded opening five-under-par rounds of 66 to lie two shots of(...)

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has pointed out his side have a superioir disciplinary record than Poland. Photograph: Reuters

As antiquated as the notion may be, an image of hatchet men disguised in Scotland strips seemingly lingers. That much has become apparent in the lead(...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw at Wednesday’s press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

With the half-distracted air of a man talking on the phone while feeding a child, the Germans fulfilled their pre-match duties in Ballsbridge. Much o(...)

The spider, found living in a silk-lined tube in a rock crevice in Whitehead, is harmless

A rare funnel-web spider has been discovered in Co Antrim. Malthonica silvestris is a close relation to the house spider, and, thankfully, is very dif(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy leaves the field with concussion and a broken nose. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At the height of the World Cup, World Rugby’s chief medical officer Martin Raftery has said that the laws of the game, particularly the tackle, may ha(...)

Papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles J Brown said letting each person define their own concepts of existence and meaning represents “an enormous abdication of our responsibility to seek some meaningful communality among human beings, based on our shared human nature”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Having “absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions” is among the norms limiting the individual’s freedom to act as they might wish, th(...)

Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring the second goal for West Ham Reuters / Graham Stuart

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham Dick Advocaat could only look on in horror as Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Ham amid spec(...)