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Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong at Leinster training. The handling by forwards has been key to  Leinster’s expansive style of play. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Players abhor a vacuum where apathy may lurk. Instead there needs to be a focus on the mechanics of performance to eke out a win, something definite, (...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour scores a try against Ulster.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jordan Larmour and Girvan Dempsey came to the same conclusion independently, that the fullback role represents the ideal platform from which to launch(...)

Stephen Norman: ‘Opel Ireland is not, effectively a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors, but a subsidiary of the Opel-Vauxhall group in Europe, acting just as any other major country’

Stephen Norman is not a man to be drawn on speculation. Appointed as the new managing director of both Vauxhall Motors in the UK, and Opel’s Irish ope(...)

 Santander Bay in Spain. The ferry crossing from Cork to Santander will take 26 hours

A new ferry route linking Ireland with northern Spain is to begin at the end of April. Brittany Ferries will sail from Cork to Santander twice a week,(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to police officers and gendarmes in the Gendarmerie headquarters in Calais, northern France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

There will not be another Calais “jungle”, President Emmanuel Macron insisted on Tuesday during a visit to the French port town that symbolises the mi(...)

An international study found  the number of involuntary admissions to psychiatric care in Ireland had risen from 46.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 52.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016.

A new international study has criticised Ireland for its lack of reform in the mental health sector despite Vision for Change, which it described as “(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: At the Anglo-French summit on Thursday, he is expected to bring ideas for military co-operation. Photograph: Francois Mori/EPA

Call it grandiloquence but, with Angela Merkel to his east and Theresa May to his west, Emmanuel Macron’s manner of speech offers a break from all tha(...)

Singer Dolores O’Riordan performing on stage during a concert in Tirana on June 20th, 2007. Photograph: Arben Celi/ Reuters

Tributes have been pouring in for Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who was found dead in a London hotel yesterday aged 46. Luminaries from (...)

Marine Le Pen: said France was “a society where the law of armed thugs reigns”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

It was just a casual remark after her formal speech, but it showed yet again how the leader of the extreme right-wing Front National brings everything(...)

 Ciara Griffin has been named as Ireland Women’s new captain. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Ireland Women’s Management team are pleased to announce that Munster and UL Bohemian flanker Ciara Griffin has been confirmed as the new Ireland W(...)

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