New Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Thoughtful and meticulous for the most part in teasing out his answers, Simon Easterby cuts a relaxed figure in his first official media engagement si(...)

Mairia Cahill has claimed  the republican movement conducted its own inquiry into her allegations of abuse, subjecting her to interrogation and forcing her to confront her alleged attacker. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three cases linked to alleged rape of Belfast woman Mairia Cahill and subsequent IRA cover-up are to be reviewed by a top human rights lawyer, the No(...)

President Michael D Higgins: embarks on his longest official visit this Saturday when he travels to Africa for 22 days. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins has said that he and he and his wife Sabina have been moved by the support he has received since assuming office. Presiden(...)

 Ireland Scrum coach Greg Feek (left) and forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Simon Easterby boasts the “ruthless focus” to thrive in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland set-up, according to his Scarlets coaching mentor Nigel Davies. Former G(...)

President Michael D Higgins will meet the first minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and the leader of Cardiff Council Cllr Phil Bale on his two day visit.

Ronan McGreevy President Michael D Higgins begins his first official visit to Wales today. The President will meet with the first minister of Wales Ca(...)

‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ ‘Realising unhappiness is also fleeting.’ Disappearing ghost On January 29th Paul Kimmage and Brian O(...)

 Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffering from a buttock muscle injury.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffer(...)

Ospreys outhalf  Dan Biggar kicked 17 points against Treviso  at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toulon 28 Scarlets 18Toulon took over at the top of Pool 3 with a hard-fought win over Scarlets at Stade Felix Mayol. Tries from Matt Giteau, Maxime M(...)

The list includes two retired judges, lawyers who have worked on state investigations into child abuse, a retired financial regulator from Jersey and a banker formerly based in Hong Kong. From left: Justice Daniel O’Keeffe, Martin Moloney, Ita Mangan and Judge Clare Leonard. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Central Bank of Ireland has named the 13 members of a high powered inquiry panel to investigate allegedly rogue banks and bankers. The list includ(...)

 Fitzgerald Stadium in  Killarney, which was named after the sporting and political revolutionary, Dick Fitzgerald. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In mid-April 1943, PD Mehigan writing as Pat ’O, this newspaper’s first GAA correspondent, conducted a whistle-stop survey of the evolution of Gaelic (...)