Mark Sykes

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Niall Quinn is currently out of contract with the FAI. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Niall Quinn lists his own future as one of the many things that is on hold until after Monday’s FAI EGM, at which delegates will be asked to approve a(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny: ‘We’re in a high-performance, modern coaching environment now.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If it wasn’t for the fact that his team is about to play back-to-back games in almost-empty stadiums, you might have been tempted to suggest this was (...)

Oxford midfielder Mark Sykes will play no part for Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland squad after pledging his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough has named his first senior squad for next month’s Nations League games against Romania and Norway. Baracloug(...)

From left: Mark Sykes of BGF; Derek Mooney, founder of Action24; Aaron Mooney, chief executive of Action24; and Pat Maloney, a co-founder of Action24. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

State-backed venture capital firm BGF has invested €3.6 million to acquire a “significant minority stake” in Dublin-based security business Action24. (...)

Tom Gibbons (left) with Leo Casey of BGF (centre) and Pat McEvoy. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

State-backed venture capital firm BGF has invested €5 million to take a “significant minority stake” in aerospace and industrial engineering company T(...)

Soldiers work on a map of Poland for the peace conference following the first World War. Photograph: Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images

Nearly 100 years ago, the Great War ended with the defeat of the Central Powers. Their military collapse went hand-in-hand with the disappearance from(...)

Members of the Free Syrian Army.  Cameron believes there are 70,000 pairs of suitable Syrian boots on the ground. Robert Fisk reckons 70 might be nearer the mark. Photo: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

David Cameron was following patriotic precedent in backing Turkey against Russia following the downing of a Russian aircraft on the Turkish-Syrian bor(...)

The minaret of the Mamluk 14th century Madrasa of Sarghatmish is seen through the crenellations of the Tulunid 9th century Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

Over the past century, the Middle East has been racked by nearly constant conflict, but the frontiers of the region’s modern states have remained f(...)