Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)

Unfortunately for Martin O’Neill his selections and plans have scarcely worked apart from periods against weak Georgia and awful Gibraltar.

A chance for redemption then. After our defeat at Celtic Park back in November, I questioned whether our midfielder players – Jeff Hendrick and Darron(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill gives his orders during squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide, ahead of the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters.

If team spirit is an illusion glimpsed in the moment of victory, then you could say the same thing about managerial ability. When you win you’ve got i(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill answers questions from the media at a squad training session at Gannon Park in Malahide. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Irish players will take a break from the build-up to the Scotland game today, with Martin O’Neill allowing them time with their families after (...)

England’s Jordan Henderson battles for the ball with the Republic of Ireland’s Aiden McGeady during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Decisions, decisions. A damp squib is better than the fire and brimstone of 1995 but this scoreless draw with England proves the overall plan and shap(...)

Republic of Ireland striker  Daryl Murphy heads at goal during the friendly international against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters/Livepic

Republic of Ireland 0 England 0 Perhaps these two sides could have injected a little more life into this Sunday lunchtime encounter by agreeing(...)

England’s Raheem Sterling (right) and Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman battle for the ball during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Ireland Keiren Westwood — Virtually nothing to do other than field a tame Wayne Rooney free-kick. 6. Marc Wilson — Resolute alongside skipper John O’S(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during a squad training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

They live, one imagine, on the adrenaline of it all out in the FAI press office where each John Delaney public appearance brings the possibility for a(...)

Republic of Ireland squad training at Malahide ahead of the upcoming England friendly. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paul McShane was the only one of 19 Ireland players in Malahide today not to train with the recently released Hull City defender still recovering f(...)

Southampton striker Shane Long  shoots and scores his second goal and their fifth during the  Premier League  match against Aston Villa at St Mary’s Stadium. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP

Sadio Mane netted the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history as Southampton boosted their hopes of European qualification with a remarkable victo(...)