Leo Varadkar chose his response to an abortion Bill tabled by Clare Daly, in which he all but said a referendum is needed someday to repeal the eighth amendment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Last night saw one of those rare Leinster House moments: a speech of significance during a private member’s debate - the usually formulaic motions put(...)

A youthful Isaac Boss (right) attempts to tackle Mils Muliaina during a 2001 NPC match between Auckland and Waikato. Thirteen years on they meet again at the RDS. Photograph: Michael Bradley/Getty Images.

It’s been maybe 15 years since they shared the same jersey on the New Zealand under-19 team. Even then Mils Muliaina and Isaac Boss were on different(...)

It’s a sign of the times that we’re sitting here the week before Christmas and already it’s pretty obvious that there will be no Irish winner of the E(...)

 Dublin County Board chairman Andy Kettle has died. He was 68. Photo Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin GAA has lost one of its most tireless workers and staunch defenders with the untimely death of county board chairman Andy Kettle. The Fingal R(...)

Ian Madigan and Dany Care have both been given warnings for an incident which occured late on in Leinster’s 14-13 Champions Cup victory over Harlequins at the Aviva Stadium, while ’Quins lock Charlie Matthews has been cited for alledgedly making contact with the eye area of Dominic Ryan

Ian Madigan has been issued with a warning from the citing commissioner following an incident with Danny Care in the closing stages of Leinster’s 14-1(...)

The value of Munster’s bonus point courtesy of that repeat 26-19 defeat at Stade Marcel-Michelin now  looks even more pronounced. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The turkeys mightn’t taste so good this Christmas for the Irish provinces, and with two Pro12 derbies on St Stephen’s Day, the travelling away teams, (...)

 Westmeath fans will hope  Dessie Dolan reverse his decision to retire. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

New Westmeath manager manager Tom Cribbin insists there’ll be no pressure put on county stalwart Dessie Dolan to reverse his retirement plans for the(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Harlequins: the lock admits the forwards didn’t show their ability in the game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The collective frustration continues. A win against Harlequins has maintained festive spirit but long faces around the training pitches in UCD tell a (...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

 Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock nursing what turned out to be a broken arm   after the Champions Cup  win over Harlequins. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Leinster backrow Rhys Ruddock will be out of action for between four to six weeks. The in-form Ruddock fractured his arm in Leinster’s European Champi(...)