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The councilwoman  whose assassination convulsed Brazil. Marielle Franco was a rising force in Rio politics when she was killed by shots fired from a car which pulled alongside the one she was travelling in. Photograph:  Renan Olaz

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has reacted with fury to a media report linking him to the murder of Marielle Franco, the Rio de Janeiro c(...)

 Jessie Barr at the launch of Outdoor Revolution. Ireland’s largest outdoor sports, health and wellness event takes place on March 24th/25th  in the RDS, Dublin.  Photo:Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The book hasn’t finally closed on Jessie Barr. Nor does it remain fully open. There is a line the 400m hurdler continues to walk between hope and real(...)

Then mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes takes part in the   Closing Ceremony at the Maracana Stadium at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Brazil’s supreme court has opened an investigation into former Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes, who is accused of taking millions of dollars in brib(...)

Michael O’Reilly was already charged with being intoxicated in a public place and engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour. Photograph: Tobias Schwartz/AFP/Getty Images

International boxer Michael O’Reilly has been charged with three criminal damage offences as a result of an alleged incident in Co Tipperary last year(...)

Pat Hickey: “I have returned to Ireland where I will undergo ongoing medical treatment under the care of my medical consultant.” File photograph: AFP

Pat Hickey has arrived back in Dublin after almost five months in Brazil, once again reiterating his innocence in relation to alleged ticket-touting a(...)

Gold medal winning sprinter Jason Smyth speaks to  his 10-month-old daughter Evie, and  his wife Elise on his return to Dublin Airport from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile.

Ciarán D’Arcy Members of Ireland’s Paralympic team, who claimed 11 medals at the Rio Games, received a rousing reception on their return to Dublin Ai(...)

 Eoghan Clifford leading the men’s C1-3 road race  in Rio. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

The symbiotic relationship between man and bike was graphically illustrated 200 metres from the finish of the men’s C1-3 road race in Pontal, a seasid(...)

Orla Barry of Ireland celebrates in front of Ireland supporters after taking silver in the Women’s Discus F57 Final at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Day eight, medal number eight, and the prospect of more. The Ireland Paralympics team in Rio is motivated by a variety of goals. For some the high wa(...)

Silver Medalist Liam Stanley of Canada, Gold medalist Michael McKillop of Irlend and Bronze medalist Madjid Djemai of Algeria celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Men’s 1500 metre T37 Final during day 4 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images

A claustrophobic weight of expectation hung over Michael McKillop like a pall. For two nights the last thing he saw before turning out the light was h(...)

 Ireland coach Gerard Glynn talks to goalkeeper Aaron Tier after the defeat  to Ukraine in the men’s 7-a-side football preliminaries at Deodoro Stadium  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Ukraine 6 Ireland 0 Ukraine are the 2012 Paralympic silver medallists and the number two ranked side in the world, and they showed it against Ireland(...)

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