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Can Leicester City defend their Premier League title in 2016/17. Photograph: Getty Images

Arsenal Not for the first time Arsenal find themselves needing a striker, a defender and have real doubts about the long-term future of Arsène Weng(...)

Martin was the first in a long line of football men who talked, and taught me, about football. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The other night in Lille, your correspondent registered a ‘first’ in post-match press conferences. Normally, these are bustling crowded affairs where (...)

The  “unnecessary surge”  was likely to affect people with a genuine need to secure a passport quickly. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The United Kingdom’s referendum decision to quit the European Union has caused “a spike” in the number of applicants from Northern Ireland and Britain(...)

Robbie Brady (C) of Republic of Ireland is congratulated by Martin O’Neill (R) manager of Republic of Ireland after their team’s 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22nd in Lille, France. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The spirit within the Republic of Ireland soccer team is very strong, manager Martin O’Neill has said as the team prepare to face France on Sunday. (...)

Wes Hoolahan battles with Belgium’s Mousa Dembele on a day when the Norwich playmaker’s influence was below its normal standard. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

“I don’t know. I don’t know, to be honest.” Wes Hoolahan shrugs when he is asked to assess what happened to Ireland in Bordeaux. If the Dubliner has(...)

The tradition of throwing a mortarboard into the air after graduation has been scrapped by a UK university because of health and safety concerns. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The tradition of throwing a mortarboard into the air after graduation has been scrapped by a university because of health and safety concerns, accordi(...)

A worker at the Ikea store in Ballymun, north Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ikea is set to open its second outlet in Dublin this summer after agreeing a 10-year lease with Irish property group IPUT plc for a store in Carrickmi(...)

Tottenham will probably fall short in the English Premier League title race but that is not a reason to think the manager Mauricio Pochettino is not putting together a coming team for next season. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters

There are those of us who have felt the praise directed Tottenham Hotspur’s way this season, particularly of late, has been over the top. Tottenham ar(...)

Howard Marks has died age 70. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Former British drug smuggler Howard Marks, who wrote about his exploits in an autobiography, Mr Nice, has died at the age of 70 after suffering from b(...)

Paul Pammen, Donald Chi Chong Wong, Richard Sheridan, Robert Gilbert-Smith, Ashley Dad, John “Kerry” O’Brien Junior and Terence McNamara; (bottom row, left to right) Richard “Kerry” O’Brien, Patrick Clarke, Daniel “Turkey” O’Brien, Danny Flynn, John “Cash” O’Brien, Michael Hegarty and Alan Clarke. Photograph: Durham Police/PA Wire

The leaders of an Irish gang have been jailed in the UK for their role in what a judge described as a “sophisticated” conspiracy to steal millions of(...)

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