DUP politician Jim Wells who has quit days after he sparked controversy with comments about gay marriage. Photograph: PA

Politics is often about timing and the timing for the Democratic Unionist Party and Jim Wells was disastrous, which resulted in his having to stand do(...)

Blindside flanker Iain Henderson scores a try for Ulster against Leinster at Kingspan Stadium on Friday night. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Four more wins for the top four has decided the Guinness Pro12 play-off line-up with two full rounds to go, and with just four points covering them, o(...)

Albert “Ginger” Baker, a British army soldier who had allegedly gone absent without leave to join the Ulster Defence Association, gave himself up to police in Wiltshire. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

MARK HENNESSY London Editor Eugene Heenan was better known as Paddy to his friends. On February 1st, 1973, he and 14 other men were travelling to wor(...)

Jim Gavin’s Dublin are challenging for their third league title in a row but no longer possess the aura of invincibility that developed around the side last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hindsight is everything but there may have been times over the usual winter ruminations when Jim Gavin and his Dublin players must have wondered if wi(...)

Leinster’s 26-10 defeat to Ulster at Ravenhill has all but eneded their hopes of a Pro 12 play-off spot. Photograph: Inpho

Matt O’Connor accepted that Leinster’s Pro12 campaign and with it their season is all but over after this latest defeat. “It’s going to be very hard f(...)

Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)

Donnacha Ryan hasn’t started a game for Munster in 13 months. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his side to face Benetton Treviso and Donnacha Ryan is among the starting fifteen for the first time in 13 month(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt feels that Leinster should be doing better with the international talent available to them. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish head coach Joe Schmidt says that Leinster should be looking a little closer to home when analysing their disappointing form this season. The for(...)

New Zealand-born Tom McCartney is one of Connacht’s more seasoned players. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Connacht hooker Tom McCartney has come up against some of the world’s top frontrows in his seven years playing Super rugby Down Under, but it is Irela(...)

Jamie Heaslip in training with the Leinster squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster v Leinster Ravenhill, Friday, 7.35pm BBC 2, Sky Sports 5 Changes were inevitable in such a short time frame but after some specific errors at(...)