Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

With a cup run and an international recall under his belt, Martin O’Neill has suggested that Shay Given is serious about cementing his comeback next (...)

Poland’s Slawomir Peszko scores his side’s goal to put the home team under pressure. Photograph: Reuters/PaulChilds 7:42

Sometimes in football you make a good decision that ends up looking like a bad one. Martin O’Neill made two big calls last night and if the 1-1 res(...)

Robbie Brady training with the Republic of Ireland squad at  Gannon Park in  Malahide. He could be in line for a starting place against Poland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There are times when Martin O’Neill’s reluctance to settle on squads of 23 players seems like indecision and others when it might well be taken for in(...)

Shay Given is looking to reclaim the Ireland number one shirt from David Forde Photograph: Inpho

Shay Given insists that his aim is to displace David Forde rather than just help to prepare him for the Republic of Ireland’s vital European champions(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea (left) celebrates with (r-l) Jeff Hendrick, James McClean and Jon Walters after his  equaliser in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There were echoes of Ibaraki, 2002, about Ireland’s draw in Gelsenkirchen but just about everything about October’s late equaliser seemed somehow mor(...)

Minister for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed 
that
a cross-Border inquiry into sex abuse allegations against paramilitaries is being considered by the Government. Photograph:
Collins

Minister for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed a cross-Border inquiry into sex abuse allegations against paramilitaries is being cons(...)

 Sarah Benson, chief executive of   Ruhama, said that of the 219 women who presented for casework support last year, 83 had been trafficked here.  Photograph: Maura Hickey.

A “national conversation” on how best to support women in prostitution and tackle sex trafficking is needed, the chairwoman of the main charity workin(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan grimaces in pain after fracturing a leg in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will give midfielder Glenn Whelan every chance to make his final squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against (...)

Ireland’s Marc Wilson clashes with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the Group D qualifier at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night. Photograph: Getty Images

It wasn’t quite the shot heard around the world but John O’Shea’s 94th minute goal in Gelsenkirchen was so unexpected that everyone in the stadium was(...)

Ireland’s John O’Shea, Stephen Ward and Marc Wilson (right to left) celebrate after their Euro 2016 Group D qualification soccer match against Germany in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Stephen Ward has warned Scotland that the Republic of Ireland will not surrender their unbeaten Euro 2016 start without a fight as the pair prepare t(...)