Sport Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon travel to take on Exeter

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.

National Irish Bank reports €400mn loss

National Irish Bank has reported a pre-tax loss of 400 million euro (£348.3 million) for the first six months of the year.

McClean switches to Republic

James McClean has left the Northern Ireland squad to face the Faroe Islands after becoming the latest player to opt for the Republic of Ireland. "My dream has always been to play for the Republic of Ireland," insisted the 22-year-old.

Ireland cling to a silver lining as Kearney makes his return

Scotland 10 Ireland 6

90th anniversary of Shackleton’s final expedition

This year marks the 90th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s final voyage to Antarctica. The Irish explorer was a key figure in the Heroic Age of Polar exploration, and his death in 1921 marked the end of this period of discovery.

Treacle JR (15)

Starring: Aidan Gillen, Tom Fisher, Riann Steele

Irish rider killed in Isle of Man TT race

Irish rider Derek Brien has been killed in an accident at the Isle of Man TT.

Leading article: Truth and reconciliation

The entwined history of Britain and Ireland has been complex, bloody, fruitful and intimate, and a state visit is not an occasion for detailed analysis or political initiative. However it does present an opportunity for symbolic gestures which may have as much transformative power.

Video: Queen watches Riverdance

During her historic visit to Ireland the Queen watches a 45-minute celebration of Irish music, fashion and performance.

Former taoiseach dies at 85

Tributes were paid to the former Irish taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, yesterday, who died aged 85.

Video: Violence during Queen's visit

Irish nationalists have clashed with police officers in Dublin during the Queen's visit to Ireland.

Video: Queen meets Irish president

The Queen has visited the presidential palace in Ireland as part of her historic trip.

Video: Ireland set to welcome the Queen

Final preparations are under way for the Queen's historic four-day visit to the Republic of Ireland.

Armitage released by under-fire Irish

Steffon Armitage has been released from his London Irish contract and can therefore move to the French Top 14 club Toulon.

O'Brien pays out £400,000 for libel

Denis O'Brien, the Irish media mogul, has been forced to pay out more than £400,000 to settle a libel claim in Dublin from the country's former deputy prime minister.

Spat erupts as 'junior' Eircom lenders seek seat at talks

A spat has erupted between lenders to Eircom, the Irish telecoms company buried under ¤3.75bn (£3.3bn) of debt.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee