Former minister for Health James Reilly. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

James Reilly’s last appointment as minister for health was of a former Labour councillor and constituency rival in north Dublin.Dr Reilly appointed Ci(...)

Fingal has voted against the proposal to hold a public vote on setting up a directly elected mayor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 2:26

Fingal county councillors have blocked Dubliners from voting next May on whether to have a directly elected mayor for the capital. Just s(...)

An elected mayor for Dublin?

Sir, – On Monday, all four of the Dublin’s local authorities will have voted on whether or not to hold a plebiscite, the wording of which they (...)

A file picture of councillor Ruth Coppinger. She has said the  Socialist Party did not want to block Dubliners from voting. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Fianna Fáil group vote to allow Dubliners to decide whether they want a directly elected mayor could push the prospect through Fingal County Coun(...)

Ireland’s Ciarán Sheehan (left) and Christopher Yarran of Australia could cross paths again sooner than expected with the news that Cork forward Sheehan has signed on with Australian AFL side Carlton Blues. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

One of the first things Brian Cuthbert spoke about following his appointment last month as Cork football manager was the quality of young players comi(...)

Armagh’s Ciarán McKeever and Kildare’s John Doyle have been called into the Ireland panel of the second international rules test at Croke Park on Sat(...)

Zach Touhy of Ireland celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Ross Munnelly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

IRELAND 57 AUSTRALIA 35It’s the way of the international rules series these days that the actual matches have been overtaken as talking points by the(...)

Ireland manager Paul Earley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland manager Paul Earley has finalised his 23-man panel for Saturday’s opening International Rules test with Australia, with Donegal’s Michael Murp(...)

Ireland manager Paul Earley

No representatives from counties such as Kerry, Down, or indeed Cavan, hosts for the first Test, and no more than eight survivors from the last Int(...)

 Ciaran Byrne of Louth removes a stray dog from the pitch in Newbridge. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kildare 1-19 Louth 0-15Kildare survived a stern examination from Louth to maintain their 100 per cent qualifier record under Kieran McGeeney.A remarka(...)