Gabriel Makhlouf. Imminent departure from New Zealand post made an official reprimand or other punitive action not practicable, his employer said. Photographer: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said he wished an “incident” involving the man who is to become Central Bank governor had never happened. Mr(...)

New Zealand’s treasury chief Gabriel Makhlouf:  he is due to become the Irish Central Bank’s new governor

The result of an inquiry into charges that incoming Central Bank of Ireland governor Gabriel Makhlouf misled the New Zealand government is expected la(...)

John Cooney races clear to score Ulster’s third try against the Dragons. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Dragons 15 Ulster 28 Ulster moved back into third in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14 with a gritty 28-15 bonus-point win over the Dragons. This w(...)

Jordi Murphy (above) and John Cooney have been released to play by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt for Ulster’s Pro14 match against Dragons. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster know there is no room for a misstep and with the exception of a disappointing 17-17 draw against Benetton – it doesn’t look as bad when weighed(...)

Leinster prop  Tadhg Furlong on his way to scoring  a try despite the tackle from Tavis Knoyle of the Dragons at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 52 Dragons 10 The net benefits will outweigh any performance concerns, seven tries, no injuries and the reintroduction of a host of Irish in(...)

Johnny Sexton kicks past Jack Dixon of the Dragons during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 52 Dragons 10 Seven tries, some excellent individual performances and a nice fluency to their patterns at times were the headlines from Lein(...)

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge  with Raheem Sterling  during a training session at Melwood, Liverpool.

Evidence of Raheem Sterling’s contentment at Liverpool assumes more importance in the absence of a signature on a long-term contract, the one assuran(...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)

Scarlets 32 Connacht 14Connacht’s top six qualification hopes were give a sobering shake-up when they were comprehensively outgunned by fellow hopeful(...)