Germany’s Matthias Ginter and Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters  battle for the ball. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

A night like this only ever lives on in flashbacks. Shane Long has missed more than he’s scored for Ireland and will, on all known form, spend the (...)

Joachim Löw:    “Overall I think it was one of the most unnecessary defeats we have had to accept in recent years.” Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The peculiar thing was that on an evening when Ireland dared to play football against the world champions, their goal for the ages held echoes of the (...)

Republic of Ireland  players congratulate goalscorer Shane Long after their victory over Germany: Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Germany had the ghoulies and ghosties, as usual. But on another night of early Hallowe’en drama at the Aviva, Ireland had the Long-legged beastie - fi(...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:40

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another scalp wor(...)

Denis O’Brien: Called off the initial public offering  at the 11th hour after investors declined to meet his valuation of the business. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

As Denis O’Brien tells it, he woke up yesterday morning feeling “very happy” at his decision on Tuesday night to pull Digicel’s planned $2 billion (€1(...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw looks on during a training session at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin ahead of the Euro 2016 quaifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images.

European Championships Qualifer Group D Republic of Ireland v Germany Aviva Stadium, 7.45pm Live on RTÉ 2, Sky Sports 1 Having (...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw at Wednesday’s press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

With the half-distracted air of a man talking on the phone while feeding a child, the Germans fulfilled their pre-match duties in Ballsbridge. Much o(...)

Roy Keane advises Alex Pearce at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at Abbotstown ahead of the key Germany fixture. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s hard to be optimistic about our chances tonight against Germany. After dropping five points early in the group, with a loss to Poland and a draw (...)

Robbie Keane has insisted he is fully focused on Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualififer against Germany on Thursday night despite his wife recently giving birth. Photograph: Inpho

Robbie Keane has shrugged off breast-feeding jibes from assistant manager Roy and insisted he’s ready for Ireland’s vital European Championships quali(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane (left) and manager Martin O’Neil during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre on Wednesday. “We’re playing a Germany side full of players that play Champions League football, who have won the World Cup but we are going to go out there and fight,” O’Neill told reporters.  “We are going to show our own self-belief.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Martin O’Neill has finally admitted defeat in the battle to get Seamus Coleman for tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier against Germany with the(...)