# Italy

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Heartbreak for Ireland's U21 side as Italy claim dramatic late draw in European qualifier
It denied the Irish international set-up a much-needed feelgood story.
Heartbreak for Ireland as Italy claim dramatic late draw in Euro qualifier
It denied the Irish international set-up a much-needed feelgood story.
This month
November 2023
Combined Provinces series allows IRFU to assess talent but disrupts AIL
The development side is due to play four games against Italian opposition in the next two months.
Italian police seize €779 million from Airbnb over alleged tax evasion
Airbnb is accused of failing to comply with a law to collect a 21 % flat rate tax on all short-term rentals.
Last month
October 2023
Italian prime minister announces separation from partner after sexual comments at work
He was caught making overtly sexual and sexist comments to female colleagues off-air.
President Higgins has private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican
President Higgins is near the conclusion of a five day visit to Rome which included a World Food Forum address and a meeting with the Italian president.
President Higgins Rome visit to include Pope Francis meeting and World Food Forum address
Higgins begings a week-long series of events in the Italian capital today.
EU reaches 'historic' new migration deal to help ease pressure on Italy and Greece
The new deal will seek to relieve the pressure on so-called ‘frontline’ countries, such as Italy and Greece, by relocating some arrivals to other EU states.
At least 21 people dead after bus falls from Venice bridge
The crash is said to have caused at least 21 deaths, including two children.
September 2023
New Zealand bag 14 tries in World Cup trouncing of Italy
A dominant display by the All Blacks.
Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro dies in hospital in central Italy
The 61-year-old had been treated for colon cancer while detained in a high-security jail in L’Aquila.
Italy to amend controversial bank tax following widespread criticism
The ECB warned that the tax could make banks more vulnerable to future economic shocks.
Tale of two halves as ill-disciplined Italy beat Uruguay at World Cup
Italy recovered from a half-time deficit for a 38-17 win.
Ursula von der Leyen and PM Giorgia Meloni tour migrant centre on Italian island of Lampedusa
Meloni has pledged tougher measures and is calling for a naval blockade of North Africa.
Child dies after Italian air force aircraft crashes during acrobatic exercise
The plane or parts of the plane reportedly struck a car carrying a family, killing a five-year-old girl.
EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen to visit Italian island struggling with migrant arrivals
Italian Deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini called the migrant arrivals an “act of war”.
Italy held by North Macedonia, Japan humiliate Euro 2024 hosts Germany
Up next for Germany is Tuesday’s meeting with France in Dortmund.
Italy turn on the style as they continue Namibia's winless record at the Rugby World Cup
Bonus point into the bargain for Kieran Crowley’s side.
Book of condolence opened in Co Wexford for Irish couple killed in Rome road crash
Local councillor Jim Moore, who is a cousin of one of the deceased, said the community was in a state of ‘stunned silence’.
Irish couple killed after being struck by a car in Rome
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance.
Day-trippers to Venice to be charged €5 for visiting on busy weekends
The city’s council said the fee is ‘not a tool for making cash’.
Ferrari's Sainz pips Verstappen to Italian Grand Prix pole
Dutchman Verstappen still has a great chance to break the record of nine straight GP wins he shares with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
August 2023
Five maintenance workers dead after being hit by train during overnight work on track in Italy
The train was transporting empty carriages on the Milan-Turin line.
Luciano Spalletti takes over from Mancini as Italy boss
The Italian led Napoli to a famous Serie A triumph last season.
Roberto Mancini's shock resignation leaves Italy on the hunt for new national boss
Early reports in Italian media suggest that former Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti could succeed Mancini.
Stockdale and Earls: How did Ireland's wings go against Italy?
Both wide men had impressive moments but made errors too.
41 migrants missing and feared dead after Mediterranean shipwreck last week
The shipwreck is one of several deadly incidents reported in recent days after a period of bad weather.
22-year-old McCarthy shows why Farrell and POC rate him
The Leinster second row impressed on his first Test start for Ireland.
6 players who impressed as Farrell's Ireland beat Italy
Caelan Doris was the pick of the bunch, while Joe McCarthy also shone.
Ireland up and running in win over Italy but not without injury concerns
Andy Farrell’s men scored five tries but have plenty to improve on.
Chance for Stockdale to start showing his Ireland peak is not in the past
Still only 27, the Ulster wing is set for his first Test since 2021.
What will Andy Farrell want to see in Ireland's clash with Italy?
The build-up to the World Cup begins in earnest in Dublin this evening.
Iarnród Éireann announces revised bank holiday services
Line works and sporting fixtures over the bank holiday weekend have led to revised timetables.
Debuts, tune ups, depth tests, and Ireland's last chancers
Virtually every selection for the Italy clash is a talking point in itself.
Italy name two new caps for Ireland clash while Garbisi returns at 10
Kieran Crowley has announced a strong matchday 23.
Column: 'I know all too well the fear of living in a family unrecognised by the State'
A group campaigning for the rights of children born to same-sex couples protested outside the Italian embassy in Dublin last night.
Farrell set to shake things up for Ireland's clash with Italy
The head coach is expected to include plenty of fresh faces this weekend.
Player names to feature on back of Irish jerseys for first time this weekend
Ireland are following an example set by Scotland and England last year.
July 2023
UN's cultural agency recommends putting Venice on heritage danger list
UNESCO said Venice risks ‘irreversible’ damage due to a string of issues ranging from climate change to mass tourism.
Ireland have clean bill of health ahead of Saturday's clash with Italy
Johnny Sexton is the only player not available for Andy Farrell.