Jim McGuinness’s first championship game in charge for Donegal attracted the opprobrium of the Sunday Game, something that turned  McGuinness into a cause celebre  that summer. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho

It is one of the peculiarities of the GAA football championship that it tends to start with little fanfare. Yes, there have been a succession of launc(...)

The James Connolly monument located opposite Liberty Hall in Dublin City centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The works of James Connolly have been evoked by Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton in calling for support for the marriage equality referendum.She(...)

Talks between the Government and unions on restoring pay levels for about 300,000 staff across the public service get under way on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Abolishing the pension levy should be the priority in talks to restore pay and pensions of public servants, Siptu general president Jack O’Connor has (...)

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are challenging for their third league title in a row but no longer possess the aura of invincibility that developed around the side last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hindsight is everything but there may have been times over the usual winter ruminations when Jim Gavin and his Dublin players must have wondered if wi(...)

Three key issues: the non-trickle-down effect, spending versus saving, and who’s first in the queue are all up for debate. Illustration: CSA/Vetta/Getty

So if someone were to take €6,500 from you and offer you, say, €1,500 back over the next few years, how would you feel? Furious because of what you(...)

 Donegal’s Hugh McFadden tries to block down Cork’s John O’Rourke. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Football league semi-finals: where else in the world of competitive sport is the post-semi-final reaction to a national title so insouciant?“It’s not (...)

‘This is the first time trades unions have opposed a Stormont deal. On every previous occasion, the ICTU and individual unions have hailed the outcome as a welcome contribution to the consolidation of peace’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorr(...)

Paul Galvin: will add considerable experience to manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s already formidable panel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

He’d hung up his boots, written his own book, gone and done the ring thing, and he’s not finished yet, Paul Galvin making perhaps the most unexpected (...)

‘We’ve conquered ... fear and replaced it with hope.” If only. Tánaiste Joan Burton set out Labour’s stall on Saturday at its annual conference in Kil(...)

Labour delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency moton opposing the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG under the terms currently offered. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 2:20

Labour delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency moton opposing the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG under the terms currently offered.The motion, which w(...)