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

An international trade union has criticised Ireland for failing to raise the workers’ plight

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

Ireland number eight suffered ‘fractures of the transverse process of three vertebrae'

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

France beat hosts, who seemed to have a helping hand along the way, in the final

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 knows he faces a tough challenge to have a strong international side

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

Captain’s decision to announce he will leave the club at the end of the season allows Brendan Rodgers the chance to plan ahead

 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

‘Germany spent most of the second half gently and quizically toeing the lifeless carcass of a nation’s dreams’

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 and Aston Villa boss effusive in their praise of the MLS star and Ireland captain

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

Ireland international was a free agent having left Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk in August

Robbie Brady (second left) of Ireland scores the fourth goal against USA in front of the South Stand at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

YBIG online forum members protested against FAI’s ticketing policy and CEO John Delaney

Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 18/11/2014Republic of Ireland vs USAIreland's David McGoldrick assists the first goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

David McGoldrick assisted two of Ireland’s four goals, Cyrus Christie grew into game

 Jessica Ennis-Hill wants her name to be removed from a stand at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium if the club choose to re-sign Ched Evans. Photograph: PA Wire.

PFAI solicitor was responding to criticism of his article comparing footballer’s treatment to the Guildford Four

Glasgow-born Republic of Ireland striker has 22 caps with her adopted country.

Glasgow-born striker still glad she answered Ireland’s call

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has called Lewis Macleod into his squad for the visit of Ireland to Glasgow. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Former Celtic boss has no sympathy for travelling support scrambling for tickets to Euro 2016 qualifier

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Joachim Löw of Germany before the 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Manager hopeful Séamus Coleman and James McCarthy will be available to face Scotland

Darron Gibson (centre) and Jeff Hendrick (right) shadow Brian Perez of Gibraltar   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Ian Walton/Getty Images

Richard Keogh returns to Derby County as Daryl Murphy emerges as injury concern

Roy Keane at the Aviva stadium with Roddy Doyle, co-author of the his autobiography. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Ireland and Manchester United captain launches new book in Dublin

 Cyrus Christie  (right) may declare for Republic of Ireland but not in time to make squad for the Germany qualifier. Photograph:  by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill has been in contact with Derby defender about declaring for the Republic of Ireland

  James McCarthy of Everton has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad to face Gibraltar next weekend. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Everton midfielder struggling with quad strain but Coleman included for Gibraltar

Everton’s James McCarthy has been left out of the squad for the Toffees’ Europa League match against FC Krasnodar. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

‘I don’t think it will be too long . . . I think the international break will clear those injuries’

   Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy and Ireland in action against New York Red Bulls at the   StubHub Center on Sunday. Photograph:  Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Ireland captain says he’s getting better after scoring two in four-goal rout of New York

The Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long evades the challeneg of Saad Al-Mukhaini  of Oman during the international Friendly at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Shane Long pleased to see Kevin Doyle back among the goals

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the offical  announcement of his 36-man squad for the upcoming games against Oman and Georgia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

36 named in Republic of Ireland squad but there’s room for more

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will announce his squad for Oman and Georgia on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Jack Grealish may earn an early call-up ahead of Oman friendly and Georgia qualifier

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp and Richard Dunne at yesterday’s press conference at Carton House. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘He’s a quiet lad, he hasn’t got a big mouth. He just gets on with the job and heads the ball'

 Ireland’s Conor McGregor with Diego Brandao of Brazil at the UFC Fight Night Dublin in the 02. Photograph: ©INPHO/Rodrigo Romos

How did UFC become such a hugely popular sport in just two decades?

Ireland’s Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao of Brazil do battle at the UFC fight night on Saturday at the O2 in Dublin. Photograph: Rodrigo Romos/Inpho

The Dublin fighter is the big noise in what is the ultimate in crowd collaboration

Dublin’s Conor McGregor at the weigh-in for his fight with Diego Brandaoat the O2 Arena. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Dubliner back in his hometown and back in the ring for first time since August injury

Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal leads his team’s training session in Lagos, Portugal, last month.  Photograph: Koen van Weel  / EPA

The Dutch have a painful past in the World Cup, having lost three finals

Japan players huddle during a send-off ceremony for the World Cup  in Tokyo on May 25th.  Photograph: Toru Hanai / Reuters

It was a disappointing debut at France ‘98, with three defeats, but there has been progress since

 Vicente del Bosque talks with his Spanish players during a training session   at Las Rozas Sports City in Madrid, Spain, last month. Photograph: Alberto Martin / EPA

Once the perennial under-achievers, all that changed at Euro 2008 and they haven't looked back since

 Yaya Toure may be prone to a bit of a strop off the pitch but on it he’s the real deal. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

It could well be a case of third time lucky for the Ivorians after deathly draws in 2006 and 2010

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, El Pistolero, love him or hate, he’s some player.  Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

Hosts of the first World Cup, the Uruguayans were also the first country to lift the trophy in 1930

Costa Rica’s first trip to the World Cup in 1990 was the most successful of their three to date

Australia’s Tim Cahill holds the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.  Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

By far the most inexperienced side in the group, Australia are embarking on just their fourth campaign

Greece’s Kostas Mitroglou (r), Kostas Manolas (c) and Georgios Samaras (l) training  in Athens last month.  Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters

It’s 10 years since Greece angered the footballing gods by winning Euro 2004 in admirably agricultural fashion

Oribe Peralta (left) will be a key player for  Mexico in Brazil.  Photograph: Henry Romero / Reuters

El Tri, it seems fair to say, like their home comforts, having reached the quarter-finals when hosting in 1970 and 1986.

Andrea Pirlo remains the key man for  Italy. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Second only to five-time winners and hosts Brazil in terms of tournament experience and honours

Colombia’s James Rodriguez (centre) playing against  team-mates Carlos Valdez (left) and Aldo Leao Ramirez (right) during an exhibition match as part of their farewell party at El Campin stadium in Bogota last month. Photograph: Leonardo Munoz / EPA

The loss of Rademel Falcao will hurt but Colombia have plenty of attacking talent and flair

Chile’s  Alexis Sanchez trains  in Santiago last month. Photograph: Carlos Parra/National Soccer/ Reuters

Chile will have more reason than most to fear Brazil in the second round

England’s Daniel Sturridge (right) and Wayne Rooney will hope to strike up a profitable partnership in Brazil. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

They won it y’know? Yep, on home soil, against West Germany back in ‘66

Brazil’s  Neymar  during a training session in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro last month.  Photograph: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Hosts for the second time, Brazil are the only country to have taken part in every World Cup to date

Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar   during a friendly  against Paraguay in  Austria last month. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler / Reuters

Trailblazers for Africa, Cameroon first set the standard with an unbeaten run in the group stages in Spain in 1982.

Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic (centre) takes part in a training session in Bad Tatzmannsdorf  near Vienna. Photograph: Antonio Bronic / Reuters

Croatia’s first shot at World Cup glory has been their most successful thus far

Former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli has emerged as the favourite to be the next Greece coach. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin Jol and Frankfurt coach Armin Veh in contention to succeed Fernando Santos

The GAA has announced a new three-year TV deal, which includes   Sky  broadcasting 14 matches exclusively in Ireland for the next three years. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Broadcaster rejects Liam O’Neill’s criticism, insisting coverage was ‘fair and impartial’

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll leaves the field against Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Matt O’Connor upbeat about injured duo ahead of Heineken Cup quarter-final

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill sees Séamus Coleman’s future at Goodison Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland manager says defender can continue his rapid progress with Everton and Martinez

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton struggling with an injured thumb. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Racing Metro coach said Irish outhalf could miss six weeks with thumb injury

 Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says Wes Hoolahan still has a future at the club. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Ireland player was denied a move away from Carrow Road during the transfer window

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (right) and his assistant Roy Keane should be able to guide the team to the Euro 2016 finals in France, with 23 qualifying spots available from 53 nations. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Rep of Ireland expected to be confirmed as second seeds on Friday at Uefa meeting in Nyon

GAA president Liam O’Neill and GAA director general Páraic Duffy (right). Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Director general critical of counties’ response to alleged biting incident in Ballybofey last April

New owners of London Irish,  interim chief executive David Fitzgerald (left) and president Mick Crossan (right) face the media during a press conference   in Sunbury today. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

New London Irish owners looking to home for those who ‘missed the boat’ or want ‘a life change’

Children’s ticket prices €18 for pool games, tickets for final as high as €857

 All Black captain Richie McCaw wears the scars of the match  following the   game against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ireland coach praises his players but admits late loss is hard to take

Republic of Ireland’s James McCarthy during last night’s friendly. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Healthy “buzz” of excitement around the ground and in the dressing room

 Robbie Keane: “If there is a situation comes around near the Euros where, for some reason, my legs are gone then I’ll pack it in. There’s no question, I’m not stupid.”

Ireland captain wants to keep playing for as long as he can but understands speculation about international future

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a training session at Gannon Park, Malahide this morningPhotograph: Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

“I know people think I’m a little bit crazy, but I would have been crazy to turn this down.”

Manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane take their first  Republic of Ireland  training session at Gannon Park in Malahide. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Getty Images

Robbie Keane remains as captain for two friendly encounters

New Republic of Ireland manager Marting O’Neill and Roy Keane (right) in San Sebastian, Spain, on Tuesday. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

FAI confirms deals for new management team are signed

Richard Dunne (left) and captain Robbie Keane during a training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘Someone who is honest, somebody who has balls, you know ... someone who doesn’t take any shit from anyone’

 Anders Svensson of Sweden celebrates his winner at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Disappointed players rocked by defeat but in no mood to concede dream over

Ireland players rest after training in Malahide. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Paul McShane fills in at left-back in Ireland training, as Simon Cox occupies left wing berth

Dublin manager Jim Gavin talks to some of his backroom staff at Croke Park during the All-Ireland football semi-final against Kerry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin boss admits he was too caught up in the game to enjoy it

England’s Wayne Rooney and assistant coach Gary Neville during  training for tomorrow night’s game against Scotland at Wembley.

‘I think it will certainly help David Moyes to get his hands on a Fabregas-type character because it will give everybody a lift’ (...)

Luis Suarez and Jamie Carragher preparing to come on to the pitch during Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match against Olympiacos at Anfield on August 3rd.

Roy Keane says Manchester United should sell Wayne Rooney if he wants to leave

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni looks on at Paddy Madden and Wes Hoolan during training today. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland manager satisfied the Norwich winger is injured and unable to join up with squad

Anthony Pilkington of Norwich is out of the Ireland friendly against Wales.  Photograph:   Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson called up as Forde, Pilkington, Cox and Quinn drop out

Sunderland’s John O’Shea:  “The full-back days definitely seem to be behind me now.”

Sunderland and Ireland defender living for the moment

The  Republic of Ireland’s Darren O’Dea has joined Metallurg Donestk on a thre0year deal. Photograph: Vladimir Astapkovich/PA Wire.

Former Toronto FC defender and captain proved too costly for MLS side to hold on to

Robbie Keane will be available to face England at Wembley.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland captain now likely to set new caps record in World Cup qualifier against Faroe Islands

Dutchman Ruud Dokter has been appointed FAI High Performance Director. Photograph: Getty Images.

Dutchman appointed as compatriot Koeverman’s successor after ‘extensive worldwide’ search

Off the Ball host Eoin McDevitt and his team have left Newstalk.

Newstalk Radio’s award-winning Off the Ball team resigned from the station today with immediate effect.

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