Republic of Ireland forward Jonathan Walters is confident that he will be fit to play in the European Championships after undergoing a knee operation. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland forward Jonathan Walters is confident of being fit for this summer’s European Championships in France after undergoing a knee cart(...)

Stephen Ward has returned to Burnley with his Euro 2016 hopes rekindled. Photograph: PA

Stephen Ward headed back to the race for the Premier League having rekindled his hopes of making it to the Euro 2016 finals with the Republic of Irela(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan collides with  Peter Pekarik of Slovakia during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A night when black was white and white was black. Ireland put in as crisp and cogent an hour of play as the Martin O’Neill era has seen but needed two(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

Shane Long with the Republic of Ireland squad at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It will not have much to do with any belated attempt to emulate Spain or Barcelona, but the Republic of Ireland may well find themselves playing with(...)

Shay Given is behind Jack Butland in the pecking order at Stoke City. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admits that Shay Given’s chances of making it to France this summer may have been boosted by the unfortunat(...)

Jonathan Hayes and Jack Byrne in action during a Republic of Ireland  training session at the  FAI National Training Centre. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland hopefuls they have just two games in which to force their way into his Euro 2016 finals squad. His (...)

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters has been named as Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI’s annual Three sponsored awards with the 32 year-old strike(...)

Derry City players pay tribute to former striker Mark Farren before the game. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Derry City 1 Cork City 0 Derry City celebrated the retirement of Mark Farren’s No 18 jersey with an impressive win over Cork City at the Brandywell. (...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)