First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scottish voters to make Scotland’s voice “heard like before” in Westminster in May’s United Kingdom (...)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Scotland must be able to make its own decisions about taxation and spending to fend off plans by the Conservatives to cut £30 billion from public spen(...)

The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)

 Irish Naval Service vessel the  LE Niamh  with detained  yacht the Makayabella on September 24th, 2014, off West Cork. File photograph: Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

Three more people have been charged by the British authorities in connection with a plot last year to smuggle €80 million worth of cocaine into the UK(...)

Ospreys’ Dan Biggar is set to win the Rhino Golden Boot for most points in the Pro 12. His 93.3 per cent record from the tee is the best seasonal record ever for a regular kicker in a major league. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dissuaded from staggered kick-offs and having the potential for a final day laced with the possibilities that freighted last weekend’s Six Nations co(...)

 Ireland lift the Six Nations trophy after a thrilling finale to the the Championship. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images 4:31

The sea shanty couldn’t have been more apt. As Joe Schmidt and Paul O’Connell conducted their late night, Six Nations winning press conference, a Scot(...)

French referee  Jerome Garces:  Given Ireland’s penchant for competing in the air, the recent decisions by Garces may haunt them in Edinburgh.  Photograph: Inpho

A final day at the Six Nations where all three matches are intertwined, the possible king makers are Kiwi, French and Welsh. A penalty when the scr(...)

The widow of a civilian shot dead along with eight IRA men can challenge the Northern Ireland secretary’s intervention on whether to order fresh inquests into their deaths, a High Court judge has ruled. Photograph: Getty Images.

The widow of a civilian shot dead along with eight IRA men in 1987 can challenge the Northern Ireland secretary’s intervention on whether to order fre(...)

England prop Mako Vunipola expects Six Nations battle to run to the very wire. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England prop Mako Vunipola will be gripped by anticipation as Saturday’s decisive RBS Six Nations clash with France nears its climax, knowing he could(...)

Rob Kearney in reflective humour at training camp ahead of the  Scotland game. Photograph: Inpho

There’s a reticence in the Irish camp about looking at the second fence when they are sizing up a jump at the first. Suggesting that viewing Scotland (...)