Spanish bullfighter Rafaelillo is tossed by a bull  at La Misericordia bullring in Zaragoza, Spain. Photograph: EPA/Javier Cebollada

Three Fine Gael MEPs voted against European Parliament legislation that could cripple Spanish bullfighting, saying a ban on the sport is a matter f(...)

Ireland’s  Sam Bennett won the Paris-Bourges on Thursday, his fifth win of the year. Photograph:   Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Ireland’s Sam Bennett blasted home to win the Paris-Bourges on Thursday and notch up his fifth win of the season. The 24-year-old sprinter was frustr(...)

Dan Martin will move from the Cannondale-Garmin team to Etixx-Quick-Step in 2016. Photograph: Getty.

Dan Martin made a solid return to competition after crashing out of the Vuelta a España, netting 14th place in the Milan-Turin race in Italy on Thur(...)

The 1990 Cork Jubilee team in Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Teddy McCarthy was a notable absentee from the 1990 Cork jubilee team who were presented to the crowd before Sunday’s All-Ireland final - at that stag(...)

Sky's Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche (R) sprints next to Trek's Spanish cyclist Haimar Zubeldia to win the 18th stage of the 2015 Vuelta Espana cycling tour, a 204 km route between Roa and Riaza on September 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JAIME REINAJAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images

Already in the top four on three of this year’s stages in the Vuelta a España, Nicolas Roche finally hit the jackpot on yesterday’s 18th stage when he(...)

European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker makes his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, yesterday. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission unveiled a relocation programme for refugees yesterday in its first major policy response to the migration crisis, but doubts (...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

Peter & Mary Ward's Country Choice at the Milk Market in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke

Country Choice opened its doors in Nenagh in 1982, when Peter and Mary Ward were younger than their daughters are now. In 2010 the Wards jumped(...)

Northern Ireland Justice Minister and Alliance Party member  David Ford. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The IRA may still be active a decade after its public disbandment, a senior Northern Ireland official has said. The remark prompted a flat denial fro(...)

File photograph of Shankill bomber Sean Kelly who was among three men and a woman released on Wednesday night after being questioned by detectives investigating the murder of former IRA member Kevin McGuigan (53). Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

Shankill bomber Sean Kelly was among three men and a woman released on Wednesday night after being questioned by serious crime branch detectives inves(...)