Martin O’Neill: “You can’t win these ties in the first leg but you can certainly lose them.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 1:31

Having been fortunate on each of the previous occasions that the team has qualified for a tournament via the playoffs, the Republic of Ireland, it see(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Thursday night’s  training at  Stadion Bilino Polje in Zenica  ahead of the Euro 2016 first leg against  Bosnia & Herzegovina on Friday. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is determined to join namesake Michael at the Euro 2016 finals as he plots a way past Bosnia-Herzegovina. The (...)

David Meyler (right) has been ruled out of the play-off games against Bosnia after picking up a knee injury in training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland midfielder David Meyler has been ruled out of both European Championship play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and will al(...)

Richard Keogh, left,  and Marc Wilson, right, with team-mates during the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill finally gave up any hope of Shane Long making the trip to Zenica last night when it was decided to leave the striker to continue his(...)

 Seamus Coleman and James McClean go through their paces at the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho 2:14

Ireland’s injury situation showed no sign of improvement as the week’s second day of training wrapped up in Abbotstown yesterday but Roy Keane was in (...)

Martin O’Neill, with Bosnia-Herzegovina head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, has named a provisional squad for the Euro 2016 play-offs.

Martin O’Neill is without Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn for the European Championship play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina but the Repu(...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:40

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another sc(...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw looks on during a training session at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin ahead of the Euro 2016 quaifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images.

European Championships Qualifer Group D Republic of Ireland v Germany Aviva Stadium, 7.45pm Live on RTÉ 2, Sky Sports 1 Having (...)

Roy Keane advises Alex Pearce at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at Abbotstown ahead of the key Germany fixture. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s hard to be optimistic about our chances tonight against Germany. After dropping five points early in the group, with a loss to Poland and a draw (...)

Eunan O’Kane, John O’Shea and Stephen Ward during Ireland squad training  at the  FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In his most recent book Roy Keane recalls the time Adrian Chiles turned to him as they stood on the pitch ahead of a game between Juventus and Chelsea(...)