Members of Building and Wood Workers’ International and Swiss Unia unions demonstrate outside Fifa headquarters in 2013. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

(...) doesn’t sit comfortably with many of them,” she said. Carl O’MalleyIrish Times sports journalist Carl O’Malley(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip goes off injured during the 18-11 win over France.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss the Six Nations clash with England on March 1st after fracturing vertebrae in the win over France on Saturday.A scan on the Ir(...)

Qatar’s Bertrand Roiné (left) playing against his old team-mates in World Handball Championship final meeting with France. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The end came for Qatar when the French man in their ranks saw an opportunity that wasn’t there. Bertrand Roiné, playing against some of his former tea(...)

Rafael Capote of Qatar  is blocked by Markus Wagesreiter and Janko Bozovic of Austria during the ‘round of 16’ match at the 24th men’s handball World Championship in Doha. Photograph: Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters

Dr Andrea Ongaro is just back from seeing how the other half live. The coaching director of the Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA) didn’t ne(...)

 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has   announced he is to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Steven Gerrard’s announcement this morning that he is to leave Liverpool at the end of the season was timed to spare Brendan Rodgers and the club int(...)

 A Brazil fan   after watching his side beingbeaten   7-1 by Germany in the World Cupsemi-final  at Estadio Mineirao  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

‘It’ll be fine,’ he said. ‘My team-mates have got it covered,’ he said. ‘I have full faith in them,’ he said.Poor Neymar, how wrong he was. Days after(...)

Katie Taylor made it five world titles in a row in South Korea

Carl O’Malley salutes Katie Taylor as she makes it five world titles on the bounce (...)

Iker Casillas of Spain  after his mistake led to the fourth Netherlands  goal  at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador, Brazil. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Carl O’Malley looks back on the match that shook the World Cup into action (...)

Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy may have piqued   the interest of  Premier League manager with doubt over his future in MLS.  Photograph:   Harry How/Getty Images

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has played down the prospect of a move for Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane who recently suggested his days at LA (...)

Ireland’s  Darren O’Dea has joined blackpool on a month-long loan deal. Photograph: Reuters

Ireland international Darren O’Dea has signed a one-month deal with Blackpool. The Dubliner was a free agent, having left Ukrainian club Metalurh Done(...)