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Varadkar’s claim is that he was helping a process along that was in the public interest; to the Opposition it looks like he was helping a friend

There was strong backing for Leo Varadkar all day Monday from his Government colleagues. Fine Gael Ministers paraded through radio and television stu(...)

 France’s scrumhalf Antoine Dupont makes a break   during the Six Nations  clash against Ireland at the Stade de France, in Saint Denis,  Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

France 35 Ireland 27 This was an odd, fluctuating affair which was both encouraging from an Irish perspective but also a little sobering. They went (...)

Wexford’s Brian Malone and Dean Healy of Wicklow battle for the ball during the Leinster SFC clash. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Wexford 0-11 Wicklow 2-9 Wicklow showed no hangover from their league promotion when they repeated their success of eight days previously to take a (...)

Louth’s Kevin Carr attempts to block a shot from Longford’s Rían Brady during their Leinster SFC clash. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Longford 1-9 Louth 1-7 Longford edged Louth in a dour Leinster SFC first round affair by two points thanks to the impact of their 50th minute substit(...)

Dublin’s Paul Mannion celebrates with the Sam Maguire after defeating Kerry in last year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran How much will a straight knock-out championship change things? Or should we just be expecting six in a row for Dublin? No. The new format(...)

John Creedon: Italian, French and Spanish place names were brought to Ireland as the Dublin middle classes returned from travelling, hence Sorrento Road and Vico Road in Dalkey. Photograph: Don Macmonagle

There’s an old folk tale that dates from a time when the Russian-Finnish border was being redrawn. Some rather stern officials from Moscow knocked on (...)

Cian Healy will make his 100th Irish cap against France on Saturday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

15 Jacob Stockdale Club: Ulster Age: 24 Height: 6’3” Weight: 103kg (16st 3lbs) Caps: 29 Points: 80 Ireland’s most potent attacking player and it shou(...)

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan in action against Italy in their Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ironically, pitchside at the Aviva for ITV, I cannot see the game properly. I watch, for the most part, on a monitor. Andrew Conway, on the right wing(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford and Brendan McCole of Donegal in their AFL Division One game at  Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In a normal year, the final weekend of the Allianz Football League (AFL) is one of the great setpieces of the GAA year. Sixteen matches start simultan(...)

Robbie Henshaw carries the ball during Ireland’s win over Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s just as well Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose have built strong relationships with each other given the musical chairs which all man(...)

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