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Stubbing it out: Ireland plans to be 'tobacco-free' by 2025

Ireland’s health minister has outlined plans for a “tobacco-free” country by 2025.

Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has received a late call-up to Continental Europe's team

Seve Trophy: Peter Hanson pain is Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano’s gain

Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has received a late call-up to Continental Europe’s team for this week’s Seve Trophy after Peter Hanson pulled out with a back injury.

Ireland reunified – in its passports at least, which include a map of whole island

The new Irish passport includes verses in Ulster Scots as well as a map of the entire island for the first time.

Matt Banahan attempts to break through the London Irish defence

Bath 33 London Irish 18 match report: George Ford motors as Bath sink battling Irish before the half-time whistle

Young fly-half puts his hand up for England after leading first-half demolition of Irish

Paul Lawrie: 'Most of us are out here playing because of what [Seve] did years ago'

Paul Lawrie upset by absentees from Seve Trophy

Paul Lawrie can understand some of Europe's big names missing this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but admits he is baffled by their absence from next week's Seve Trophy.

Bono was chased down the street at a G8 summit by protesters shouting 'Make Bono history'

U2 frontman chased down street by German anarchists shouting 'Make Bono history'

Singer said in the same 'great' week he was booed at the TED conference in Arusha, Tanzania

Quentin Smith, the chairman of Premier Rugby says, ‘The stable door has been shut and bolted’

Clubs dismiss talks and commit to new Champions Cup

England’s top-flight clubs already have a name for the tournament they say will fill the gap in the fixture list left by their abandonment of the Heineken Cup and the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup at the end of the season. It will be called the Rugby Champions Cup. More significantly at this stage of the political game, they confirmed yesterday that together with the leading French teams, their partners in rebellion, they would not engage in any mediation process aimed at saving the two existing European competitions.

Bono has made a fresh defence of U2’s tax arrangements, claiming the Irish government would ultimately appreciate the band’s decision to deposit a share of its multimillion-pound business offshore in the Dutch Antilles

Bono defends U2's tax arrangement: We are in 'total harmony' with Irish government's philosophy

Bono has made a fresh defence of U2’s tax arrangements, claiming the Irish government would ultimately appreciate the band’s decision to offshore a share of its income through the Netherlands.

White knight: The flanker Ben White is the hero for Exeter

London Irish 23 Exeter Chiefs 29 match report: Ben White steals win as Exeter sink the walking wounded back

Ben White capped a remarkable 15-point run with the decisive try as Exeter battled back to overcome a London Irish side whose long injury list gained two additions in a rugged encounter.

Exclusive: Ireland could miss 2015 World Cup

A senior figure in Irish rugby is claiming that none of their provinces will join the new tournament being planned by militant English and French clubs to replace the Heineken Cup in 2014, raising fears Ireland will pull out of the 2015 World Cup.

Sam Bennett wins the Tour of Britain’s fifth stage in Caerphilly

Tour of Britain: Sir Bradley Wiggins pays tribute to team-mates after surviving tough day

If he didn't appreciate the value of teamwork already, then a day spent repelling numerous attacks in the Brecon Beacons was enough to ram it home. Sir Bradley Wiggins paid tribute to his Team Sky colleagues last night after he retained his lead in the Tour of Britain today on a gruelling stage five that pushed the 2012 Tour de France winner to his limits.

Ireland officially out of recession despite domestic economy contracting

Country additionally boosted by signs of growth and improvement in shattered building and construction businesses

Chris Hughton, Norwich's manager, will not be pleased to have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Luton

Norwich manager Chris Hughton becomes latest contender to rule himself out of Republic of Ireland running

Leeds manager Brian McDermott is not interested in the role either

Brian McDermott would still be in charge at Reading if it was up to the club’s chairman

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott distances himself from Republic of Ireland job

Former Reading manager was among favourites to replace Giovanni Trapattoni

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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