Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Furlong, CJ Stander and Conor Murray are shortlisted for Players’ Player award. Photograph: Inpho

The Zurich players’ player of the year award is between Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Furlong, CJ Stander and Conor Murray. The winner will be announced (...)

Under  current proposals, the PSEU and the CPSU, which both have about 10,000 members - largely in the Civil Service - would join together with Impact, which has about 60,000 members across the wider public service. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Mid-ranking civil servants have expressed concerns at plans to amalgamate three existing trade unions into one organisation which would represent more(...)

Ireland’s Jenny Murphy  runs at the  England defence during the Women’s Six Nations match against England at Donnybrook. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 7 England 34 The Grand Slam flickered into view until England woke from their slumber to remind everyone why they were crowned world champio(...)

Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick and Lindsay Peat before their Six Nations Championship victory over Wales at the  Cardiff Arms Park, Wales. Photograph: Inpho

In a mundane way the week of Irish captain Paula Fitzpatrick encapsulates what Ireland face today in Donnybrook. She returned to Ireland late last Sat(...)

Nora Stapleton during Ireand’s Captain’s Run in Donnybrook Stadium. Team sponsors Aon will vacate their front of jersey sponsorship for ICHH, a charity fighting homelessness in Dublin since 2013, for the Grand Slam decider against England. Photograph: Inpho

Anyone remember what all the fuss was about? Never mind. This enormous challenge demands that each and every Irish player is tuned into their specific(...)

Hannah Tyrrell  (left) celebrates with team-mates after scoring Ireland’s second try against Wales in Six Nations clash on Saturday. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Ireland 12 Wales 7 Ireland remain on course for a second Grand Slam in four years. The Six Nations decider against a powerful England, who hammered S(...)

Wales Women v Ireland Women, Arms Park, 11.30am, live RTÉ2 Performing the basics well can set any team free. A lot will change between now and the Wo(...)

Ireland’s Claire McLaughlin with Elodie Poublan of France during their Six Nations encounter in Donnybrook. Photo: Inpho

Victory should dominate any sporting narrative. Despite the loss of seemingly irreplaceable backs like captain and place kicker Niamh Briggs, Sene Nao(...)

Ireland players celebrate Leah Lyons scoring a try during the Women’s Six Nations Championship match against France at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 13 France 10 Winning dominates any sporting narrative. Despite the loss of seemingly irreplaceable backs – captain Niamh Briggs, Sene Naoupu (...)

 Hannah Tyrrell scores Ireland’s  bonus-point try in the 81st minute in Italy. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Italy Women 3 Ireland Women 27 A moment of rugby clarity defined Ireland’s afternoon in the picturesque Stadio Tommaso Fattori in L’Aquila, transform(...)

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