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Paddy Jackson moved to France after he was let go by Ulster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

London Irish rugby club says it has no concern over its controversial signing of former Ulster and Ireland outhalf Paddy Jackson. “We’ll judge the ma(...)

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial last year. File photographs: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Following their acquittal, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were signed up by French teams. Jackson went to Perpignan USAP, which was in France’s Top 1(...)

Burning motorcycles in Paris: “Once again, extreme violence has come to attack the republic – its security forces, its representatives, its symbols,” President Emmanuel  Macron said on Twitter. Photograph: Abdul Abeissa/AFP/Getty

The latest round of anti-government protests across France at the weekend degenerated in Paris into violent clashes between protesters and the securit(...)

‘Yellow vest’ protesters  walk past the Louvre  in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

A driver died in southern France on Friday when his car hit a truck at a roadblock erected by “yellow vest” protesters, raising the death toll linked (...)

 Rory O’Loughlin of Leinster celebrates after scoring a try against Bath at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

First, the good news. All four Irish provinces still have their European destinies in their own hands. After three rounds of festive interpro derbies,(...)

 Gerard Keenan (brother of Imelda Keenan) at  the sixth annual National Missing Persons Day at King’s Inns, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Nearly 25 years ago, 22-year-old Imelda Keenan vanished from Waterford city, where she had been studying. Her brother Gerard Keenan said her disappear(...)

From left: Martin Doyle, Ronan McGreevy, David Smith, Joe Crilly (at back) and Michéal Coughlan (wearing sunglasses).

In April last year, I was working in London when I thought about calling in on my old buddy Joe Crilly. Joe and I knew each other for nearly 20 years.(...)

Scrumhalf Caolan Blade takes over the captaincy for the first time as Connacht  face Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Connacht will be trying to reclaim the driving seat from Sale when the two teams meet at the AJ Bell Stadium today (3pm). Steve Diamond’s squad grabb(...)

Billy Burns: “I wouldn’t have come over here if I didn’t think it was a club going in the right direction, a club that has ambition that suits mine.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There were pre-season gifts for Munster and Ulster with the arrival of shiny new number 10s. The sky’s the limit for Joey Carbery in Limerick – that(...)

Paddy Jackson in action for Perpignan during the pre-season friendly against Toulouse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Jackson said people might not be able to understand what he has been through unless they experienced something similar but he is determined to (...)

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