Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The three prominent Independent TDs who came together to form the Social Democrats in July 2015 are offering what they characterise as a “relatively (...)

Oulart-The Ballagh captain Barry Kehoe celebrates with his team-mates after beating Cuala. Photograph: Inpho

One of the GAA’s great crusades finally attained fulfilment at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow yesterday as Oulart-The Ballagh landed the AIB (...)

Darragh O’Connell of Cuala with Jack Langton of Clara during their Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cuala 3-12, Clare 0-17: The winter sun flooded Parnell Parkyesterday afternoon but it shone more brightly for Cuala, who are back in the AIB Leinster (...)

Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The new Social Democrats party has unveiled businesswoman Glenna Lynch as a candidate. Ms Lynch came to prominence after questioning the then presiden(...)

 Maurice Shanahan celebrates after Waterford’s quater-final victory over Dublin.  Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

The elder Shanahan burst out of Waterford’s dressing room, bounding down the Semple corridor, in search of his cub brother. Everyone else was a(...)

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson celebrates during the  All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford 2-21 Dublin 1-19 Don’t look now. The Déise are coming with increasingly convincing arguments that this may be the group to bridge the chasm (...)

Dublin’s Michael Carton: he is not expected to travel to Semple stadium this Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Michael Carton has reportedly left Ger Cunningham’s Dublin hurling panel just days before the All-Ireland qualifier against Limerick. The veteran def(...)

Anthony Cunningham’s Galway produced a loose performance as they lost to Brian Cody’s Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Loose Galway lack shock and awe Galway hurlers have done better than most against Kilkenny in the Brian Cody era (three wins, equalled only by Cork) b(...)

Dublin players after Under-21 championship defeat to Kilkenny. Inpho

Kilkenny 4-12 Dublin 2-16 Kilkenny goals, a familiar lament for so many fallen opponents, caused a significant upset in this Leinster under-21 (...)

 Mark Schutte  has been a revelation so far, Dublin’s key man, consistently outstanding from the off. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Previous form for both counties can be largely discarded because true form can only come out of this game. Victory at Croke Park will kick-start eithe(...)