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 Village magazine’s statement claimed it had evidence of up to 10 meetings between Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail (pictured) and then taoiseach Leo Varadkar. However, on Monday, parties to the alleged meetings disputed much of the statement. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography

Three senior Ministers and the doctor at the centre of the GP pay deal leak controversy have disputed an account of meetings they allegedly were invol(...)

Leo Varadkar has denied he broke the law. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The news that Leo Varadkar leaked a confidential document on a €210 million GP pay deal, as well as the strenuously denied allegation that he broke th(...)

Australian former rugby union player Dan Palmer: ‘The longer the [Israel] Folau saga dragged on, the more I felt a responsibility to say something.’ Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

There has been an outpouring of support for Dan Palmer, the Australian former rugby union player, after he became the first Wallabies player and just (...)

Journalist Bill Birtles of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation arriving at Sydney on Tuesday. Photograph:  Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP

The last two China-based journalists for Australian news organisations have fled the country after a five-day diplomatic stand-off, amid fears they wo(...)

Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring their second goal during the Uefa Nations League match against  Northern Ireland  at Windsor Park. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Northern Ireland 1 Norway 5 Northern Ireland were made to pay for a makeshift defence as Norway scored three times in the opening 20 minutes on their(...)

Donal de Róiste: The former lieutenant in the Irish Army,  now aged 75, was retired in 1969 by then president Éamon de Valera. Photograph: Jim Walpole

The family of former Irish Army officer Donal de Róiste have welcomed the news that the Government is to hold a review into the circumstances surround(...)

Glenn Whelan has left Scottish club Hearts after only four months. Photograph: Getty Images

Glenn Whelan has left Hearts after just four months with the Scottish Premiership club. On Tuesday morning his exit was confirmed via a short stateme(...)

Celtic’s Ryan Christie scores his side’s first goal  during the Scottish Premiership match against Edinburgh at Tynecastle. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Hearts 0 Celtic 2 Celtic recovered from a slow start to beat Hearts 2-0 at Tynecastle and move five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiersh(...)

Germany’s Serge Gnabry celebrates scoring against Northern Ireland in Frankfurt. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany 6 Northern Ireland 1 Serge Gnabry’s hat-trick condemned Northern Ireland to a 6-1 defeat to Germany in their final Group C fixture of Euro 20(...)

Michael O’Neill is the only international manager Michael Smith, above, has known. Photograph: Brian Little/Presseye/Inpho

Michael Smith insisted Michael O’Neill’s impending departure has had no effect on the mood within the Northern Ireland squad ahead of their Euro 2020 (...)

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