Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Downey frequently looked back to evaluate contemporary politics and society. Photograph: Alan Betson

James Downey, the veteran political correspondent who died on Thursday, was much more than an astute analyst of the politics of the moment over the de(...)

James Downey: described   as ‘the best editor The Irish Times never had’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Downey, one of Ireland’s most distinguished journalists, has died. Born in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, he began his newspaper career in the early 19(...)

 Brendan Macken, seen here in action for  Gloucester against Bath’s George Ford, will join Wasps next season. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Brendan Macken will follow Jimmy Gopperth from Leinster to Wasps after signing a deal to play with the English club for next season.The 24-year-old ce(...)

Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

Former Munster centre James Downey will play for Wasps for the remainder of the season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Munster centre James Downey has joined Aviva Premiership side Wasps on loan for the remainder of the season, just eight months after leaving th(...)

Ian Humphreys: will start his 88th game for Ulster today when they take on Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

The timing of Neil Doak’s accession to the Ulster throne as head coach sees him begin with the game of the weekend. First up are the upwardly mobile (...)

Former Munster lock James Downey has signed a two-year deal with Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho.

Glasgow v Connacht Scotstoun Stadium, 7.35pm Ospreys, Glasgow and Connacht have won their opening three games. Tonight’s meeting will chang(...)

Munster’s new home grown coaching team:  Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, assistant coach (attacking/backs) Brian Walsh, head coach Anthony Foley, technical advisor/ Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll and assistant coach (skills and defence) Ian Costello. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster rarely do dull, but this season may be more interesting than usual. Not only has Anthony Foley been promoted to head coach, he has assembled a(...)

 Munster’s James Downey and Glasgow’s Chris Fusaro battle for possession. Fusaro will now be a team-mate of Downey’s next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors have secured Munster centre James Downey on a two-year contract, subject to a medical.The 33-year-old centre moves to Glasgow until a(...)