Munster’s CJ Stander in Pro12 action against Scarlets at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Pool One: Sale Sharks v Munster AJ Bell Stadium, Saturday 1pm, Sky Sports 2 Anthony Foley is a strong enough character not to feel suffocat(...)

 Andrew Smith will make his debut against Edinburgh tonight.  Photograph:  Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster v EdinburghThomond Park, 7.35 - Live TG4Here follows the seasonal opener of the most important Pro 12 campaign to date but Munster remain some(...)

Munster’s new home grown coaching team:  Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, assistant coach (attacking/backs) Brian Walsh, head coach Anthony Foley, technical advisor/ Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll and assistant coach (skills and defence) Ian Costello. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster rarely do dull, but this season may be more interesting than usual. Not only has Anthony Foley been promoted to head coach, he has assembled a(...)

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Artist and activist Margaretta D’Arcy (80), who is serving a second prison sentence over her opposition to US military use of Shannon Airport, is exp(...)

Four Courts: Effective public scrutiny of courts requires both a happenstance audience and the hope that such public scrutinisers have some knowledge of fair proceedings

Open court facilitates public scrutiny of courts, in the words of Jeremy Bentham, “to keep the judge while trying, under trial”. However, the common v(...)

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said that they did not set out to appoint an all-Irish coaching team for next season but he is pleased that(...)

 Anthony Foley. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

An all-Munster born and bred coaching group was confirmed last night but not all of them hail from Limerick as Brian Walsh and Mick O’Driscoll bring a(...)

Incoming  Munster coach  Anthony Foley will be assisted by Mick O’Driscoll, Brian Walsh, Ian Costello and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Munster have confirmed Brian Walsh, Ian Costello and Jerry Flannery as the latest members of Anthony Foley’s management team ahead of the 2014/15 seas(...)

Full list of candidates Galway may be the State’s most ethnically diverse city, with several “new Irish” candidates standing in 2005 and 2009, (...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames: now a Reform Alliance member,  she said she had “decided with a heavy heart that I will not be renewing my Fine Gael membership”, adding that the party leadership “made it almost impossible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One of the TDs who lost the Fine Gael whip for opposing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill last summer has been readmitted to the party’s pa(...)