Australian prime minister Tony Abbott attends the memorial service for Katrina Dawson at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 23rd December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Nikki Short

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott says security agencies have reported an increased level of “terrorist chatter” and that “an attack is likely”.S(...)

Aiden McGeady’s  future is clear-cut just now as he approaches the end of what he regards as an extended settling-in period at Goodison Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

If there was a perfect day to put up Aiden McGeady for the press then this was it – although it’s not entirely clear whether the first lot of reporter(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long reacts to another missed chance in Wednesday’s game against Serbia.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill insists that no final decision has been made on his side’s end-of-season friendlies in the United St(...)

Republic of Ireland manager  Martin O’Neill during a press conference at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

A day like Saturday is about feeling out and sizing up. We him, him us. A couple of times over the course of the afternoon, Martin O’Neill doubled bac(...)

Martin O’Neill:  ‘They ask me if I have regained my enthusiasm for the task after my experience at Sunderland. The answer is I never lost my enthusiasm.’ Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Do not underestimate the fire that still burns in Martin O’Neill’s belly. Roy Keane might be the “iconic figure in world football, never mind Irish f(...)

The Dream Team: Martin O’Neill greets Roy Keane during their Premier League days in 2008.

What is the role of a number two? Well, that depends on the number one. I did it just the once, under Mick Lawlor at Home Farm for two years and six m(...)

Incoming Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. File Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Humour and hardness. Someone who knows Martin O’Neill from the inside of a dressingroom once distilled the qualities of the next Republic of Ireland m(...)

Martin O’Neill is expected to be paid in the region of ¤1.2 million byt the FAI, while Roy Keane is set to earn around ¤500,000. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill could be confirmed as Ireland’s new manager over the coming 24 hours, with FAI officials apparently keen to have the deal concluded bef(...)

Martin O’Neill’s public image is that of a nice guy and his management style has been built on inspiring his players. Photograph: Graham Stuart/AFP/Getty Images

Given he is both interested and available, Martin O’Neill need only convince the FAI he is the man for the job when they come calling about the vacant(...)