Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring the team’s first goal against Aston Villa. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Stoke City will be clearer over the coming days if Shay Given will be fit for next weekend’s Premier League game against Sunderland or, if he misses (...)

Micheál Martin’s chances of getting his nose ahead of Enda Kenny in the run for taoiseach seem slim

Today will be an important, and perhaps decisive, day in the process of forming the next government. Unless things change drastically in the next few(...)

Jeff Hendrick is facing a spell out with a thigh injury. Photograph: Getty

Jeff Hendrick is the latest injury concern for Martin O’Neill ahead of Euro 2016 after a scan revealed he has a muscle tear in his thigh. The Derby C(...)

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(...)

In last  Friday night’s friendly international against Switzerland, Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s brief was clear: pump the ball up to Kevin Doyle, then Daryl Murphy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

An old yet familiar concern festers in the mind. I went back through the Republic of Ireland’s qualification campaign and remain unconvinced we have (...)

Ireland’s Shane Long climbs above Switzerland’s Fabian Schar before seeing his header come back of the post at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill heads into the Republic of Ireland’s game against Slovakia tomorrow night with just one fully fit striker after Robbie Keane became the(...)

Republic of Ireland forward  Kevin Doyle leaves the pitch on a stretcher during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has seen his forward options further reduced for Tuesday’s friendly international against Slovakia after it(...)

 Ciaran Clark  celebrates his early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the friendly international against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland 1 Switzerland 0 After all the talk about the possibility of Euro2016 games having to be played behind closed doors, perhaps it mi(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

Shane Long’s goal against Germany helped Ireland to the European Championships. Photograph: Inpho

For Shane Long it took a few weeks for the gravity of the moment to hit home. While his Republic of Ireland team-mates celebrated defeating Germany th(...)