UK car imports: Irish consumers thinking of buying an import have been told to “grab the opportunity now because no one knows what could actually happen in the event of a Brexit”. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The June 23rd vote on a potential exit from the European Union by the United Kingdom will have far reaching consequences for the Irish economy, not le(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

Former Sunderland soccer player Adam Johnson (right) arrives for sentencing at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday. Photograph:  Craig Brough/Reuters

Former England footballer Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan. Johnson (28), s(...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)

Sunderland’s John O’Shea and West Ham United’s Emmanuel Emenike battle for the ball at Upton Park last weekend. Photograph: EPA

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea is expected to be fit for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton. The 34-year-old limped off during th(...)

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Sunderland are considering taking legal action against Paolo Di Canio following their former manager’s tirade against a number of his old players.The (...)

Paolo Di Canio has hit back at Martin O’Neill as the war of words between the former Sunderland managers continued. Photograph: PA Wire

Paolo Di Canio has hit back at Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill as the war of words between the former Sunderland managers continued. Di Can(...)

Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball will be in charge for the weekend’s game against Manchester United. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Kevin Ball will send Sunderland into battle with Manchester United on Saturday after his spell as interim manager was extended.The 48-year-old, who wa(...)

Gus Poyet is expecting a call from Sunderland as the seek to replace Paolo Di Canio after the Italian was sacked on Sunday. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Sunderland will attempt to persuade Gus Poyet that to succeed Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light after the Uruguayan emerged as the leading candid(...)

Romelu Lukaku (right) during his loan spell from Chelsea to   West Bromwich Albion’s last season

It’s not often that several million people will be concerned over whether Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku starts a match against Hull City.However, as the fir(...)