FAI CEO John Delaney has not done a press conference to which any and every soccer reporter could go for more than three years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

First the good news . . . there is nothing in John Delaney’s introduction to the FAI’s newly released five-year Strategic Plan about the organisation (...)

Belfast City Hall: officials in the Football Association of Ireland  and the Irish Football Association have been invited to attend joint reception in Belfast to celebrate both teams qualifying for  Euro 2016. Photograph:  Joe Fox/Getty Images

The two soccer associations on the island of Ireland are this week faced with the dilemma of deciding how to respond to a controversial invitation to(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty scores his team’s first goal against Finland, during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier at Windsor Park, Belfast in March. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

A majority of people in Northern Ireland favour the creation of one all-Ireland soccer team, a detailed report into social exclusion and sport in the (...)

Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon told the “Belfast Telegraph” in September: “I need the buzz: the livelier the city, the better.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon will be a busy man next June. That’s when he takes up the reins at Ulster Bank’s business in the Republ(...)

Michael O’Flanagan: ushered customers out of the family pub on hearing he had been called up to play for Ireland, cycled to Terenure to collect his boots and then on to Dalymount

Michael O’Flanagan, who has died aged 92, was the surviving member of a family partnership which captivated fans at a time when the amateur ethos in i(...)

Peaceful protests have taken place ahead of Northern Ireland’s first ever Sunday football fixture on home soil against Finland. Photograph: Afp

A peaceful religious protest has taken place outside Windsor Park in opposition to Northern Ireland’s first ever Sunday fixture on home soil.The Irish(...)

 Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes was among the Irish people recognised by Queen Elizabeth in her New Year’s Honours List. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

An Olympic boxing hero, a legendary pentathlon gold medallist and the man at the head of the football world’s “men in black” are among the Irish peop(...)

Sergio Aguero celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third and matchwinning goal last night. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • November 26, 2014, 08:32

The Champions League returned last night and it certainly didn’t disappoint, a smash and grab Manchester City victory over Bayern Munich keeping their(...)

 FAI chief executive   John Delaney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

The FAI has again failed to respond to questions from The Irish Times over the controversy surrounding its chief executive John Delaney. This time (...)

Former Derry player Joe Brolly, now a GAA pundit. “A lot of our boys play rugby as well, the thing is there’s no barriers when you play a sport at a young age. My own son plays rugby for Malone, there’s no issues and it’s very normal for him.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

To the southern mind it probably seems prehistoric and idiotic and that’s because it is. If a young child, devoid of bitterness and historical baggage(...)