Former IFA president Eddie Downey: he was on a package of up to €200,000 a year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A former president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has called for the association’s executive committee to stand down. John Donnell(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway fails to stop Bundee Aki scoring a late try forConnacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The reaction underlined the poignancy of the occasion. Connacht players who had trudged slowly, and even limped, from the pitch when substitu(...)

UCD came from behind against Garryowen in Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

UCD may have been in free-scoring form of late in Ulster Bank League Division 1A, but they showed their ability to win a tight contest when c(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki scores his side’s second try despite Andrew Conway of Munster Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 12 Connacht 18 Connacht bridged a 29-year gap (1986) to the last time they won a game against Munster in Limerick in recording a(...)

The former Ireland Under-20 captain Niall Scannell  will make his fourth appearance of the season for Connacht. Photogaph: Ashley Western/Inpho

The brouhaha surrounding the suggestion that the IRFU vetoed Munster’s efforts to sign Australian captain and hooker Stephen Moore is a topi(...)

The Champions Cup fixtures postponed in the wake of the Paris terror attacks have been rescheduled for January. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster and Munster’s European Champions Cup fixtures which were postponed in the wake of the Paris attacks have been rescheduled. This mea(...)

Ulster have received a boost with the news that captain Rory Best has signed a new two-year contract to stay with the province. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 League Leinster v Ulster RDS, Friday, 7.35pm TG4, BBC NI It’s almost remarkable to think that these two were con(...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. T(...)

 Josh van der Flier breaks through to score Leinster’s try during the  Champions Cup loss to Bath  at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Leinster didn’t get out of their Pool in the 2007/08 season. After defeat in Toulouse and then Edinburgh, the European campaign was effectively over b(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland during training yesterday at the University of Limerick ahead of Saturday’s game against Connacht. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Conor Murray is a major doubt for Munster as they prepare for Saturday’s top of the Pro12 table clash with leaders Connacht at Thomond Park. The Irela(...)