A total of 105 children, deemed at risk of ongoing significant harm, were on Cork’s child protection notification system (CPNS) at the time of the inspection. File photograph: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/iStock

“Unacceptable” delays, “very poor quality planning” and “poor risk management” resulted in “very poor” child protection services to some of the most a(...)

Cormac Izuchukwu  crossed for five tries and was a standout player at the RugbyX tournament in the O2 Arena, London, in October 2019. File photograph: Stella Pictures

Orthodox is overrated, just ask Cormac Izuchukwu. A pathway from schools and clubs is commonplace for aspirants looking to gain a foothold in professi(...)

Ulster’s Jordi Murphy has signed a new contract at the Irish province. Photograph: Inpho

Irish internationals Jordi Murphy and Will Addison have committed to Ulster for a further two years. The province’s confirmed squad for the 2020/21 P(...)

The Ireland U20s side greet their Scottish counterparts ahead of their game, which Ireland won 38-26  at  Irish Independent Park, Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland assistant coach Kieran Campbell expressed satisfaction following the 38-26 victory over Scotland in the opening match of the Under-20 Six Nati(...)

Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham: ‘I came in around November 2014 and we had a very strong first XV on paper that year and in subsequent years but there wasn’t the depth below that.’ Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

It is March 2018, the Belfast rape trial is ongoing, when Ulster hosts a meeting with season ticket holders. The room is soaked in vitriol as supporte(...)

Ireland’s Lindsay Peat waves to the crowd with her son Barra after the defeat to Wales in the  Women’s Rugby World Cup seventh-place playoff at  Kingspan Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales 27 Ireland 17 An internal review of this World Cup collapse is promised by the IRFU but coaching consequences have, seemingly, been decided alr(...)

Ireland’s players react after Wales’ Carys Phillips scores a try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 17 Wales 27 Tom Tierney’s tenure as Ireland women’s head coach has ended but the 40-year-old is not unemployed. “I’m a rugby coach by profes(...)

Paul Boyle will lead Ireland under-20s in Georgia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland’s under-20 captain Paul Boyle was informed of his new status – he led the side for most of the Six Nations Championship game against France fo(...)

Nigel Carolan will step down as Ireland under-20 coach to join the coaching staff at Connacht. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Nigel Carolan will step down as Ireland under-20 head coach after a very successful time in charge to take up the position under a new Connacht coachi(...)

Ireland Under-20s make their way out to the field for their semi-final victory. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On Saturday at the AJ Bell stadium in Manchester, Ireland will contest a first ever Under-20 World Championship final when they take on tournament hos(...)

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