France’s  head coach Didier Deschamps kicks a ball during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

For a man once belittled by Eric Cantona as “a water carrier,” Didier Deschamps has certainly made a habit of carrying lots of trophies. French repor(...)

Oscar Pistorius: assessed as an outpatient over 30 days at Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius returns to the dock today after a month of psychiatric tests to determine whether mental illness played any part in his actions on the(...)

World Cups are often remembered as much for displays of ill discipline as for moments of great skill by the world’s best footballers. It looks certain(...)

Noel Wright, of Kiltipper, Tallaght, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts today  after a High Court action where he is accused of using undue influence to get a woman to make him the sole beneficiary of her will.Photograph: Collins Courts.

A builder befriended an elderly woman some years before her death used undue influence to get her to change her will, worth an estimated €500,000, and(...)

Residents pass the perimeter of the Wonderkop platinum plant operated by Lonmin in Marikana, South Africa. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

The longest industrial action in South African history ended yesterday when 70,000 striking platinum miners agreed to return to work tomorrow after (...)

Samuel Beckett Bridge: Dublin City Council is working with IBM on a project analysing transport within the city

It’s difficult to find a hard and fast definition of what exactly a “smart city” is. For simplicity’s sake, smart cities could be described as urban a(...)

A South Africa fan in Pretoria, 2010:  about €2.5bn was spent on new stadiums, renovating airports, upgrading roads and a high-speed public railway. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The protests against hosting the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil have prompted a renewed bout of reflection in South Africa in recent weeks, about the l(...)

Mikko Ilonen waves to yesterday’s large crowd after his victory in the Irish Open at Fota Island. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A flying Finn, not unlike the Vikings of old, made a daring raid on the Irish Open. But as Mikko Ilonen walked away with the booty, his fourth career (...)

May 3rd, 1916: Bomb damage in Dublin following the Easter Rising. Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

More than 100 relatives of 1916 combatants met in Dublin yesterday to formalise a pressure group to lobby for inclusion and consultation on the Easter(...)

Afghan refugees pose for a photograph as they wait to leave for Afghanistan, at UNHCR registration centre  in Chamkani, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. Photograph: Arshad Arbab/EPA

The number of people forced to flee their homes worldwide has exceeded 50 million for the first time since World War II. A report released today by th(...)