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# old loyalties
WATCH: Xabi Alonso keeps Jose Mourinho updated on the FA Cup final
Liverpool’s encounter with Chelsea clashed with the Portuguese man’s managerial duties, yet he still found a way around this dilemma.
# Fianna Fáil
In full: Fianna Fáil whip's letter to Éamon Ó Cuív
“Your right to express your personal view is respected, however, we are a party not just a collection of individuals.”
# Euro 2012
Who's going to Poland? Our writers pick Ireland's Euro 23
For 23 lucky Irish players, the Euro 2012 adventure begins today. For others, it’s over before it even starts.
# Quick Thinking
VIDEO: Footballer scores as opposition team celebrates
A game between Unión and River took a bizarre turn recently following the latter side’s overly enthusiastic reaction to a goal.
# Troika
In full: The Troika's statement after the latest bailout review
The full text of a statement circulated by the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.
# Bailout
In full: Ireland 'successfully concludes' latest EU-IMF review
The full text of a statement issued this lunchtime by Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin after the sixth Troika inspection.
# Ouch
WATCH: Morph getting hit by football
A goalkeeper dressed as Morph was made to pay a hefty price for the sake of hilarity recently.
# insight
WATCH: Isa Nacewa explains what makes Joe Schmidt a great coach
The back says “everyone was scared” of the Leinster coach when he first arrived at the province.
# Abortion
In full: Rónán Mullen’s statement rejecting ‘smirking’ allegation
The full text of a statement issued by Senator Rónán Mullen to Newstalk’s Lunchtime show, and subsequently shared with us.
# Controversial
WATCH: Diving is not cheating, claims Neville
The pundit also warned Ireland’s Ciaran Clark that he needs to learn from his mistakes ahead of Euro 2012.
# Oddity
WATCH: Wet willies are 'terrible for the game of basketball'
An incident that was unusual to say the least occurred during a recent encounter between Dallas and Utah.
# Take a Bow
WATCH: Neymar embarrasses defender with new trick
The star demonstrated his characteristic silky skills during Santos’ 5-0 win over Catanduvense.
# on fire
WATCH: This Lebanese basketball player scored 113 points in one game
Mohammad El-Akkarim won’t have many better games, and nor will anyone else for that matter.
# Urbi et Orbi
In full: Pope Benedict's Easter urbi et orbi address
The full text of Pope Benedict’s Easter morning address the world’s Catholics, as delivered in Rome this morning.
# Game on
Munster 'can't afford' to lose: here's what the experts think ahead of tonight's big game
Experts including Michael Corcoran share their thoughts.
# Speaking out
VIDEO: Alan Quinlan opens up about his depression
The ex-Munster star explains how he overcame initial nervousness to discuss his illness, and encourages others to do so too.
# Mahon
In full: Micheál Martin's statement on Mahon and expelling Bertie
The full text of a speech delivered by Micheál Martin this morning in which he explains the decision to expel Bertie Ahern.
# Take a Bow
WATCH: Jesús Meza's ridiculous solo goal sends fans wild
The Venezualan’s wonder strike came in a recent encounter between Caracas and Aragua.
# Human Rights
LIVE: Irish UN ambassador explains rejection of human rights suggestions
Irish officials are this morning attending a follow-up hearing about their periodic review of human rights.
# Looking Back
Here is the trailer for the Magic Johnson AIDS documentary
‘The Announcement’ is set to air on ESPN US this evening.
# Take a Bow
WATCH: Probably the best baseball trick shots you'll ever see
Connor Powers of the San Diego Padres Organisation shows off his skills.
# Bragging Rights
WATCH: Shane Long wants to get one over on his United-supporting mates
The West Brom striker is hoping to make his first appearance at Old Trafford this afternoon.
# Preview
Intensity and persistence are key, says Darling
The Irish hockey international has given his thoughts ahead of the team’s encounters with Russia and Ukraine.
# brief encounter
IN VIDEO: Ruby Walsh discusses the Gold Cup, Kauto Star and Kaiser Chiefs
The jockey recently sat down with Paddy Power for a quick-fire interview.
# fighting words
'I swear to God, David, I am going to shoot you.' Here's that Haye-Chisora transcript in full
There was more than one fight last night…
Voices
Column: Does Tony Humphreys believe I don't love my children enough?
The psychologist suggested autism could be linked to a lack of parental love. Here the mother of a boy with Asperger’s syndrome describes her experiences.
# Hacking
Watch: Journalists give evidence to Leveson inquiry
The inquiry set up in the wake of the News of the World hacking scandal continues to receive witness testimonies today.
# Serbia
LIVE: Paddy Ashdown addresses the Oireachtas EU Affairs committee
Lord Ashdown briefs the committees on EU and Foreign Affairs on issues facing the Western Balkan region.
# Looking Forward
WATCH: Flannery expects Munster to continue great start
Here’s what Fla had to say ahead of Sunday’s Heineken Cup match against the Scarlets in Thomond Park.
# California dreaming
I left my heart in San Francisco: watch how the 2011 All-Star game unfolded
Thirty of the game’s best players took a break from the distractions of California to play an exhibition game. Here’s the best bits.
# Eurozone
In full: the deal struck by 26 of the 27 EU members
The full text of the deal adopted by euro members, and by at least six – and potentially nine – of the other 10 EU members.
# Feet up
Sofa supporter: here’s the sport on TV this weekend
Get the feet up and take it easy this weekend before the party seasons kicks off. You stay there, I’ll get the duvet.
# clarification
Clarification: Donal Kinsella
# Ready to go
WATCH: Brigids prepare for Summerhill test
The club are looking to surpass the achievement of their 2003 achievement, when they got as far as the All-Ireland semi-final.
# Done Deal
Cork-based fighter signs contract with UFC
Jake Hecht will make his debut with the organisation on December 10.
# President Higgins
In full: Taoiseach Enda Kenny's speech at Presidential inauguration
The full text of the address given by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the inauguration of Michael D Higgins as the ninth President of Ireland today.
# Inauguration
In full: The inaugural address of President Michael D Higgins
The full text of the address given by Michael D Higgins, the ninth President of Ireland, at Dublin Castle this afternoon.
# 11/11/11
Ireland’s Greatest XI at 11:11 on 11/11/11
As the clock strikes 11:11, here’s our selection for Ireland’s best-ever football team. What do you think?
# Commitment
'I always wanted to stay with Dublin' - Gilroy
The Dublin manager explains how “little things” caused a delay in his decision to continue as manager.
# Road to Croker
WATCH: Jacobs ready for cracker with Stephens
It’s back to business for Wexford and Kilkenny champions this weekend.