Paul O’Connell, having given his all as Lions captain  in 2009, looked like he took about a year to recover. He was far from alone. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The dust had barely settled on New Zealand’s World Cup final triumph over Australia when, just five days later, the Lions Rugby emails began landing i(...)

 Jack Carty and Robbie Henshaw celebrate in Thomond Park after Connacht beat Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have suffered a major blow with the news that Robbie Henshaw will be out of action for up to six weeks with a fractured hand. Ha(...)

High Court judge Mr Justice Mark Horner held that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  Photograph: PA

On Monday the Belfast High Court made a landmark judgment that would make abortion legal in Northern Ireland in cases of rape and incest and fa(...)

Irish players warm up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB Anti-doping tee shirts before the 2014 Junior World Championship match between Fiji and Ireland. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

In 1997 a man was jailed for six months for peddling steroids in south Wales. Hardly a headline grabber, you might think, but this was no ba(...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responds after  David Cameron set out his case     for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. Some Labour MPs don’t like Corbyn’s stance on military conflict. Photograph: PA Wire

Over breakfast a few streets away from the Palace of Westminster this week, the Labour MP had barely sipped his coffee before he launched int(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron chatting with Royal Navy personnel in London on Monday. Britain will invest an extra £12 billion in defence equipment over the next 10 years. Photograph: Reuters/Justin Tallis/pool

This week you are invited to believe in the strategic prowess of government. Yesterday, prime minister David Cameron announced Britain’s most anticipa(...)

Boats depart Wicklow at the start of the 2014 Round Ireland race. The 2016 race will set sail on June 18th next year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Dún Laoghaire’s Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey’s made the gold fleet cut at the 49erfx World Championships in Argentina on Wednesday, heightening e(...)

A Co Antrim schoolboy arrested over the TalkTalk cyber attack has begun a legal challenge over an alleged failure to implement legislation that would (...)

A 49-year-old Welsh woman who broke her left ankle and tibia after she missed a step at Dublin Airport has lost a €60,000 damages claim in the Circuit(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has dismissed speculation linking him with the vacant England job Photograph: Billy Strickland/Inpho

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has dismissed reports claiming he might consider an approach to become Stuart Lancaster’s potential England successor.(...)