Padraic Halpin

ECB’s Honohan says bond plan will silence doubters

The European Central Bank's bond buying scheme will win over Germany's Bundesbank, says the bailout recipient's representative on the bank's board.

Boks survive late scare to edge Irish

SA put a miserable Tri-Nations behind them and ended a three-game losing streak against Ireland by surviving a stirring fightback in a 23-21 win.

Ireland end year unbeaten with South Africa win

Six Nations champions Ireland beat World and Tri-Nations champions South Africa 15-10 in a battle of the hemispheres on Saturday.

Ireland on course to approve EU treaty

Irish voters appear to have backed the European Union's Lisbon reform treaty, government and opposition officials said on Saturday.

England awarded 2015 Rugby Cup, Japan 2019 hosts

England will host the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Japan will stage the event four years later, the IRB council said on Tuesday.

Irish priests beat, raped children, says report

Priests beat and raped children during decades of abuse in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland, an official report said on Wednesday.

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