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If Morecambe and Wise had been blessed with Premier Rugby’s sledgehammer sense of timing, the celebrated Andre Previn sketch would have been about as side-splittingly funny as a David Cameron one-liner.

Irish policeman slashed by stabbing suspect

A Garda was slashed across the face after he stopped a man suspected of stabbing another man as he sat in a park with his partner and young son.

Video: No concern over UK radiation

Extremely small levels of radiation over the UK and Ireland from the Fukushima nuclear plant pose 'no health threat'.

Coleman forced to miss Irish qualifier

Seamus Coleman, the Everton midfielder, has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for tomorrow's Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia with an ankle injury he picked up in last Saturday's 2-1 win over Fulham.

Ireland move above England in world rankings

Ireland have climbed to fourth in the International Rugby Board world rankings following their comprehensive victory against England on Saturday.

Ireland v England: Six Nations Grand Slam preview

England go to Ireland on Saturday looking to complete their first Grand Slam since 2003.

Kempes has the speed to overtake old guard

Today's 83rd Gold Cup is perceived as one of the most open for years, despite the presence of the three horses who have dominated it for the past four: Kauto Star, with two wins and a second; Denman, with one win and two seconds, and last year's winner Imperial Commander. The first two-named are almost certainly past their peak and there is precious little evidence about the reigning champion, he having run just once this term.

Carpetright to shut stores

Furnishings giant Carpetright is to shut seven of its Irish stores after sales halved in the last three years.

England v Ireland scorecard

Scorecard: Follow the latest action from the Cricket World Cup as a tight finish looms in this Group B clash.

Enda Kenny pledges new era of Irish government

Incoming Taoiseach Enda Kenny pledged a new era of government focused on public duty not personal entitlement in a rousing address to jubilant supporters.

Sale sign Tony Buckley from Munster

Sale have signed Ireland prop Tony Buckley from Munster on a three-year contract.

M&B appoints new chairman

Mitchells & Butlers has promoted its deputy chairman, Simon Burke, to replace John Lovering. Mr Burke joined M&B's board in January 2010 just after the Bahamas-based billionaire Joe Lewis and the Irish investors John Magnier and JP McManus backed a boardroom coup at the pubs group.

Irish election set for 25 February

Irish voters will go to the polls on Friday February 25, the Government confirmed today.

Budget threat to Ireland's multibillion loan

Ireland's multibillion loan from the International Monetary Fund and Europe is in danger unless the Budget is put into law this week, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan claimed today.

Irish government in chaos as Greens quit coalition

The Irish government was plunged into chaos today as the junior coalition Green Party pulled out over the dramatic resignation of Taoiseach Brian Cowen as leader of the ruling Fianna Fail party.

Irish Prime Minister resigns as leader of Fianna Fail

In a dramatic move smacking of desperation, the Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, said yesterday that he will stand down as leader of Fianna Fail but hold on to the office of Taoiseach.

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