Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Linas Linkevicius (Lithuania), Martin Lidegaard (Denmark), Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (Iceland), Peter Stenlund (Finland), Margot Wallstrom (Sweden) and Boerge Brende (Norway) at the Nordic-Baltic summit  of foreign ministers in Elsinore, Denmark, on Tuesday. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/EPA

The European Union will implement a free-trade pact with Ukraine from next year despite Russian pressure for another delay, according to a draft state(...)

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: with the World Cup looming the secondrow could benefit from playing for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup in June. Photograph: Inbpho

As the World Cup looms ever closer representative playing outlets become a cherished commodity for those looking to impress Ireland coach Joe S(...)

Abkhazia’s separatist president Raul Khadzhimba and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin    during the   ceremony in which they signed a ‘strategic partnership’ pact in Sochi on Monday. The EU, US and Nato  joined Georgia in denouncing the pact. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/EPA/RIA Novosti

The European Union, United States and Nato have joined Georgia in denouncing a “strategic partnership” pact between its breakaway Abkhazia region and (...)

Ireland outhalf Ian Madigan training at Carton House, Co Kildare, ahead of the match against Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At first glance, this looks like something of a no-win game for Ireland. There’s following on from the Springboks victory and the knowledge that Au(...)

Sebastian Mila scored the third goal as Polan romped to victory against Georgia in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Tbilisi

Georgia 0 Poland 4 If the Republic of Ireland have developed a reputation for relying on set-pieces, they’ll by meeting their match when Uefa Champio(...)

Mikheil Saakashvili  is widely blamed for starting Georgia’s brief but disastrous war with Russia in 2008. Photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters

He wanted to be remembered and loved as a latter-day David the Builder, the medieval king who ruled over a golden age for Georgia, but Mikheil Saakash(...)

 Stephen Quinn hoping to start against Gibraltar. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Midfielder Stephen Quinn was thrilled to have a weight lifted off his shoulders when he finally made his first competitive start for the Republic of (...)

  James McCarthy of Everton has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad to face Gibraltar next weekend. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

James McCarthy has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad to face Gibraltar, at least, with Everton eager to monitor the troublesome quad str(...)

Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady prepares to pull the trigger against Georgia. The Everton player scored both goals in Ireland’s 2-1 victory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill admits that there is significant work to be done before his Republic of Ireland team takes on Germany in five weeks’ time with Ireland’(...)