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Former chairman of Paddy Power Fintan Drury said: ‘You cannot have booze advertising on television in this country until a certain hour of the evening, but you can have gambling.’ File photograph: Frank Miller

Betting firms as well as alcohol companies should be taken out of sports sponsorship to help combat gambling addiction, a conference on ethics in(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and  Simon Zebo. “He’s moved to the periphery. But he’s still there . . .,” the Irish coach said this week with regard to Zebo’s situation with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On Black Tuesday Joe Schmidt almost convinced us Simon Zebo had not been dropped at all.   “I was asked would Simon be in the mix,” went Schmidt(...)

Celebrating with my team-mates after scoring against France in  2009. There is a story behind my big happy head that  my kids can tell people about because now it is etched into their childhood. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

I used to be Jordan Larmour. A talented teenager physically able for the men’s game. The difference between now and back then is Larmour seemed mental(...)

Harry Arter has emerged as a doubt for Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. Photo: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter’s chances of featuring for Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales took a knock on Friday as (...)

A protest against the direct provision system in 2014. Photograph: Patrick Browne

It’s not often the judiciary finds on a matter of social justice and rolls the ball back to the executive to determine how the issue should be resolve(...)

Sean FitzPatrick, of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank have said they did not know that loans associated with the former chairman of the bank, Sean FitzPatrick, wer(...)

Scene after a fire at Moria refugee camp on Lesbos. ‘The camp is indescribably miserable.’ Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The tears had come suddenly. Nor’s a reserved child. This day she’d been more relaxed, happier, until a boat was mentioned. Then, in tear-ridden, wh(...)

A Syrian boy receives treatment at a hospital in Aleppo on Thursday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

I wept for Aleppo this week. Literally and metaphorically. It’s an out-of-body-like experience to watch, through the international media, the oblitera(...)

Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held Salihin neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Those who govern this small Republic are failing us. Worse, the majority of those whom we elected to the Opposition in order to keep government honest(...)

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Anyone who took part in anti-austerity campaigning has been ruled out as a potential juror in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán Fitzp(...)

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