The bank received £15.3 billion of bailouts during the financial crisis via its parent Royal Bank of Scotland.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ulster Bank has agreed a two-year pay deal for staff which will see workers get their first pay rise in over three years.The bank, which returned to p(...)

Bulletproof self-confidence:  Frank Lampard responds to fans after yesterday’s   match between Manchester City and Chelsea. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

As Frank Lampard stood on the sideline waiting to come on with 15 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, you looked at Manuel Pellegrini and wo(...)

A Newcastle United fan campaign have organised a protest to encourage the club to sack manager Alan Pardew during the Premier League match against Hull City at St James’ Park. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Monday night, St James’ Park: in the glass foyer opposite the Milburn entrance a handful of Newcastle United fans are gathered. There is a reserve tea(...)

Amelia Deane (10), Co Meath (left) and Ashleigh Kiernan (11),  Lucan, Co Dublin, at the launch of Make-A-Wish Ireland’s first annual report. The charity granted a record 210 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in 2013, an average of four wishes a week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A lack of public trust in the charity sector must be re-established for charities such as the Make-A-Wish foundation to continue their work, the orga(...)

Richard Dunne: In the beginning, he must have looked an outside bet to become what he eventually did: a crowd favourite, brave to a fault and a player who carried the best of the qualities of the old era with him into the new. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

It is one of the great football images: Richard Dunne and Thierry Henry sitting together on the grass in Paris minutes after France and Ireland finish(...)

Tipperary’s Barry Grogan celebrates with manager Peter Creedon after the victory over Laois at O’Moore Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Of all the Tipperary supporters converging on Tullamore this evening, one man is taking particular joy from their eye-catching run through the All-Ir(...)

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs sitting in the dug out with Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt during the match against Norwich

If you have Liverpool and Munster tattooed on your heart, you probably microwaved your remote control for dinner after an especially painful da(...)

Joe Kinnear (centre) has resigned as Newcastle’s director of football.

Alan Pardew appears to have won a major battle at Newcastle United following Joe Kinnear’s resignation as the club’s director of football late on Mond(...)

Newcastle United’s “owner”, Mike Ashley, has his principal concern, Sports Direct, plastered all over St James’ Park. The company jumped in to the FTSE 100 in part because of United’s profile. photograph: getty images

George Bernard Shaw’s final public speech was made in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was in 1936, Shaw was 80 and he stood on the stage of the People’s Theat(...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni alongside assistant manager Marco Tardelli in Vienna on Tuesday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland have sunk to their worst ever Fifa world ranking after the 1-0 defeat to Austria that resulted in the termination of Giovanni(...)