Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hoping to find a successor to Brian O’Driscoll this autumn. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne are the two front-runners to assume the number 13 jersey vacated by you-know-who, but(...)

Members of Combined Residents Against Incineration outside the dail protesting against the controversial US energy company Covanta and their plan to build a monster incinerator in the Dublin Bay area. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Residents opposed to the Poolbeg waste incinerator in Dublin marched on the Dáil today, stepping up their campaign to have it stopped.Work is now unde(...)

Mike Ross of Leinster is tackled by  Munster’s Stephen Archer and Robin Copeland. The prop may yet be fit to face Castres this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie /  Inpho

Leinster will wait until later in the week to make a call on the fitness of prop Mike Ross and fullback Rob Kearney ahead of their European Champions (...)

Irish Water’s  John Tierney: denied he was asked to step down from his position.  File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water managing director John Tierney has said he has “one of the most difficult jobs anyone was ever asked to undertake” and denied he was asked(...)

 Leinster’s Michael Bent did an  “outstanding job”  deputising for Mike Ross at short notice against Wasps. Photograph: Billy Stickland /  Inpho

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo hailed Michael Bent for the “outstanding job” the much-derided Kiwi did in deputising for Mike Ross at short notice (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and Kieran Marmion and Munster’s Stephen Archer are all named in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

As ever with the announcement of enlarged squads, the most notable decisions involve those who were not included and, in that context, the omission(...)

 Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

Met Éireann has issued a status orange wind warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo as strong gale force winds hit gusts of 120km/h overnight. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Many commuters experienced major delays this morning with rail and road users affected by the high winds caused by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzal(...)

Darragh Fanning scores one of his two tries against Wasps on Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

A few weeks ago Darragh Fanning was cheered to be getting game time with Leinster but bemoaned his lack of tries. The whitewash just wasn’t coming t(...)

Rower Inistioge star Kieran Joyce  pictured at the launch of the AIB GAA Club Championships in Dublin. “We’ve only come up from intermediate last year, and I suppose that still creates a good bit of momentum and excitement.” Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Nearly one month later and Kieran Joyce is still trying to figure out how he ended up man- of-the-match in the All- Ireland hurling final replay. Jo(...)