Sean Kelly

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Sam Bennett: this week Deceuninck-QuickStep confirmed the signature of the Irishman  who spent  several seasons with the Bora-hansgrohe team. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty

Sean Kelly has hailed Sam Bennett’s move to the Deceuninck-QuickStep team, saying that he believes the transfer could lead to the best season yet for (...)

European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen in Strasbourg: Promised the commission would bring forward a new “pact for migration” in the spring next year. Photograph:   Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images

MEPs in Strasbourg this morning gave a resounding endorsement to Ursula von der Leyen’s new European Commission. They voted by 461 to 157 for the 27 n(...)

SDLP general election candidate and MLA Claire Hanna is the bookmakers’ favourite to take the seat in South Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

One of the talking points of the past two years of Brexit debate has been the absence of a nationalist voice in the House of Commons to express the Re(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, centre,  flanked by candidate John Finucane and party vice president Michelle O’Neill in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionist Party’s new dawn lasted barely a week. New leader designate Steve Aiken had pledged to run candidates in all 18 Northern Ireland (...)

 Coast guard divers prepare to go down to salvage a migrant boat that capsized and sunk  off Lampedusa, southern Italy. Photograph: Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/EPA

When an unspeakable tragedy occurs, it’s often hard not to think of the final moments of those involved. Thirty-nine people dead in the back of a lorr(...)

‘Just one more thing, ma’am . . .’ If the Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy's hunch is right, then ‘Fobgate’ could put the War of the Buttons into the ha’penny place. Photograph: John Ohle for The Irish Times

We don’t wish to alarm anyone, but Votegate may be only the tip of the iceberg. As the War of the Buttons simmers along gently, awaiting the results (...)

Delegates attending GAA special congress at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Ballintemple, Co Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

For much of Saturday’s special congress debate which decided to approve the introduction of a Tier 2 football championship, delegates in Cork’s Páirc (...)

A view of the GAA special congress at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Saturday’s GAA special congress in Cork has passed the proposal for a Tier 2 football championship for national league Division 3 and 4 counties. Afte(...)

A file image showing the aftermath of the Shankill Road bombing on December 13th, 1971. Photograph: The Irish Times

A new pension for victims of the Troubles that has been passed in Westminster “rules out” IRA members injured while carrying out attacks, one of the c(...)

Matty Forde: “It wasn’t the most attractive option at the time, that’s being honest about it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was the spring of 2003 and Seán Kelly was keen to get to work even before he’d gone on the payroll. In the week leading up to the Congress at whic(...)

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