File photograph of Blaise, Blake and Alexandra  O’Donnell. File photograph: Collins Courts

Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell’s adult children face questioning in court over a number of valuable gifts given to them by their parents. These in(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy leaves the field with concussion and a broken nose. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At the height of the World Cup, World Rugby’s chief medical officer Martin Raftery has said that the laws of the game, particularly the tackle, may ha(...)

Papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles J Brown said letting each person define their own concepts of existence and meaning represents “an enormous abdication of our responsibility to seek some meaningful communality among human beings, based on our shared human nature”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Having “absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions” is among the norms limiting the individual’s freedom to act as they might wish, th(...)

You know that great line from Yeats “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” It is from his poem The Second C(...)

The Australian scrum was dominant all night and a source of penalties and crucial momentum for the Wallabies. Photograph: Reuters  1:35

Of all the people who had a cruel hand in ejecting the hosts from their own party, a special mention should be made of Mario Ledesma, the former Argen(...)

Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring the second goal for West Ham Reuters / Graham Stuart

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham Dick Advocaat could only look on in horror as Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Ham amid spec(...)

New York Jets center Nick Mangold (centre), and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (right) chat at the end of an NFL training session at London Irish training ground in south west London. Photograph: AP

NFL players are tough. But they’re also sensitive souls – and they care deeply about toilet paper. The New York Jets are at Wembley on Sunday, and the(...)

Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan, Stephen Ward and Harry Arter go through their paces at Republic of Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

If losing out to England in the tug-of-war for Jack Grealish was a blow for Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland, then the England squad name(...)

Manchester United’s Dutch coach Louis van Gaal waves to the crowd following the Champions League Group B match against VfL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United avoided a second straight European defeat after coming from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 on Wednesday but manager Louis van Gaal say(...)

The Government’s working group on third-level funding is due to report before the end of the year.

Getting students to pay for their college fees through contributions based on future earnings is more equitable and less open to abuse than other mean(...)