An animated Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, during Sunday’s European Championship 2016 Qualifier against Poland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Martin O’Neill says he will wait to see how many of his players are involved in English Championship play-offs before finalising his preparations for(...)

The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The mood in the Republic of Ireland camp may, as you’d expect, still be upbeat despite the points dropped to Poland but any supporters who took partic(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long scores their late equaliser against Poland. Photograph: Getty Images 7:42

Last-gasp goal hero Shane Long is convinced qualification for the Euro 2016 finals remains in the Republic of Ireland’s own hands.The striker came of(...)

Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

Poland’s Slawomir Peszko scores his side’s goal to put the home team under pressure. Photograph: Reuters/PaulChilds 7:42

Sometimes in football you make a good decision that ends up looking like a bad one. Martin O’Neill made two big calls last night and if the 1-1 res(...)

Lukasz Fabianski saves a header from Robbie Keane. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

First, just a quick thanks to rugby for the half decent job it did of filling the international telly gap between November and last night, but, at las(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Wes Hoolahan holds off the challenge of Poland’s  Tomasz Jodlowiec during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 1 Poland 1: Player ratings16 Shay Given 6/10Nothing to do really. Peszko’s goal was a curling, left footed strike.Encouraging to see him start(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long celebrates scoring the equaliser with Wes Hoolahan and James McClean during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1At this rate, if Ireland make it to the Euros they’ll be the ones sprinting through the airport as the gate closes. For (...)

Shane Long wheels away in celebration after scoring the Republic of Ireland equaliser against Poland in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 7:42

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1 So, a night full of passion on pride at the Aviva but points, as they say make prizes, and like the loyalties of(...)

Paul McShane in action during the Republic of Ireland’s final training session in Malahide ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The rival managers of Ireland and Poland seemed to be embroiled in a game of double bluff as the countdown continued to the European Championship qual(...)