“Whilst it is welcome that the earned-income credit has been increased to €1,150 it is still behind the PAYE credit of €1,650, which represents an annual net benefit of €500 to the employed individual.”  Photograph: Getty Images

The self-employed will pay €200 less a year in tax from 2018 following the Government’s decision to extend the earned-income tax credit to €1,150. Thi(...)

Offaly have struggled in recent years to make an impression either at senior level or at underage. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Offaly All-Ireland hurler Brendan Murphy believes that the hurling championship should be left unchanged. Murphy, who is the Tipperary hurlin(...)

John McGrath celebrates scoring a late point in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Clare  at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipperary 0-28 Clare 3-16 Cork’s new Páirc Uí Chaoimh threw its gates open on Saturday afternoon for the first of this year’s GAA All-Ireland hurling(...)

 Clare’s David McInerney will not feature against Tipperary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

David McInerney and Aron Shanagher have been ruled out of the Clare team to face Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter-finals this weekend after failin(...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan scores the opening goal in Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 Signs were on from early on Sunday, as the Cork faithful made their way into Thurles clad in replica jerseys like red corpuscles(...)

Cork  forward Conor Lehane: county has the pace to cope with Clare’s movement. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

SUNDAY Munster SHC final Clare v Cork Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4.0; Live, RTE Clare are under new management this year and although the new direc(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s comments on the unfairness of the broadcast coverage on Diarmuid Connolly revived the matter just after the player and county appeared content to accept the 12-week suspension – and in the process started a spat in the Sunday Game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dublin have been blazing a media trail this summer. Not content with the conventional stuff during the early part of the season – how they have destro(...)

 Liam Ryan breaks Galway’s Niall Burke’s hurley during Sunday’s match in Croke Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17 They mightn’t be accustomed to the role but in a summer of madcap eruptions, Galway continued to provide both stability and,(...)

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring  a goal in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A quarter-final against Kilkenny at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

SATURDAY MUNSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Rinn, 5.0 – live on RTÉ 2 After pulling off last year’s once-in-72 years number on Cork, (...)

 Davy Fitzgerald: led Wexford to a rare away win over  Brian Cody’s Kilkenny in the league quarter-final at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Leinster SHC semi-final: Wexford v Kilkenny, Innovate Wexford Park, Saturday, 7.0 [Live, Sky Sports] The feeling that something isn’t quite right whe(...)