Detail of a   British recruiting poster depicting the face of Sgt Michael O’Leary VC. Photograph: Library of Congress

On February 1st, 1915, the Irish Guards were attacking a stretch of the La Bassée canal in northern France. Lance Corp Michael O’Leary (24), a former(...)

The famous poster depicting Sgt Michael O’Leary VC which was used to recruit Irish nationalists. Library of Congress.

On February 1st 1915, the Irish Guards were attacking a stretch of the La Bassée canal in northern France near the Belgian border. Lance Corporal Mich(...)

The Graham Wylie owned On His Own is  joint-favourite with stablemate Boston Bob for the Hennessy Gold Cup, both  coming from  Willie Mullins’s yard. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Willie Mullins has turned the Grade 1 screw on his opposition with a vengeance in the past month and the champion trainer’s hot-streak shows no sign o(...)

The Aer Lingus board  is due to recommend in the morning  that shareholders - including the Government and Ryanair - accept IAG’s €1.36bn bid for the airline

The Aer Lingus board is expected to recommend the €1.36 billion bid for the company tabled by International Consolidated Airline Group (IAG) in a stat(...)

The key policy questions facing the Government are about connectivity for Ireland with Britain and the rest of the world. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

The Government needs to decide what its bottom line is in relation to its 25 per cent shareholding in Aer Lingus, with a fresh IAG bid on the table. I(...)

IAG, which already owns British Airways and Spanish carriers Iberia and Vueling, twice approached Aer Lingus in December. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Government will do whatever is in the best interest of all Irish airports when it comes to the sale of Aer Lingus, the Minster Jobs, Enterprise an(...)

 Un De Sceaux and Ruby Walsh leave the opposition trailing to win the  Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

There are six weeks to Cheltenham but Un De Sceaux already looks like starting the hottest favourite of the festival after a scintillating first care(...)

Heathrow is likely to loom large in any talks between IAG and Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and his cabinet colleagues, who will decide the fate of the Government’s 25.1 per cent stake. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Aer Lingus board reportedly spent six hours considering the latest offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), which is said to(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said the Government would look at any offer for Aer Lingus from the perspective of its value and potential impact on the Republic’s links with the rest of the world. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Aer Lingus’s institutional investors believe there is scope for International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) to increase its €1.3 billion-plus o(...)

Ruby Walsh has won both races he has ridden on the Gigginstown Stud mare Analifet. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Willie Mullins sends the top-rated Analifet to Doncaster for a Grade Two hurdle where Ruby Walsh will hope to maintain his unbeaten record on the Gig(...)