Dublin celebrate winning the Allianz National Football League last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The modern football season was born 15 years ago. In 2001 the contours of the competitive landscape were changed beyond recognition. The league for th(...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper with James McCarthy and Philly McMahon of Dublin during last September’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s little over four months since the counties met in the All-Ireland final but Dublin and Kerry are back in Croke Park this evening for the opening (...)

Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin leaves the field after being sent off against Mayo. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin CEO John Costello has described and “mean-spirited” and “inflammatory” comments made by Irish Times columnist Darragh Ó Sé about county forward(...)

Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

Ministers Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael will lead the next government but only the Labour Party is willing and able to provide stability and balance with its coalition partners, Mi(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton. “The task for her party is to take its share of the late swing if it is to avoid a PD-style meltdown.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour, which halted a Fine Gael overall majority at the last election by scaring voters with negative campaigning and attack advertisements, may have(...)

Siptu president Jack O’Connor: Message seen as laying the ground for Labour’s general election campaign. Photograph: The Irish Times

Siptu president Jack O’Connor has warned a single-party Fine Gael government “must be avoided at all costs”, a message seen as laying the ground fo(...)

 Aer Lingus  has established a new defined contribution pension scheme for staff as part of a deal to resolve a row over a €750 million shortfall in the old Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme.  Photograph: Reuters

Aer Lingus has accused Siptu officials of using “undue influence” to convince the trustees of the airline’s new pension scheme to recruit Merrion Inve(...)

 Jack O’Connor: masterminded three All-Ireland title wins during two stints at the helm of Kerry. Photograph: Inpho

Former Kerry player Ger O’Keeffe suspects Jack O’Connor will return for a third spell as the Kingdom’s senior football team manager. O’Connor, who mas(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said Labour has ‘imposed crushing austerity on working people’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has urged Siptu delegates to end their traditional affiliation with the Labour Party. The four-day Siptu (...)