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We’ll Leave It There So: O'Neill defends Keane, Dave Foley to make Ireland debut and all today’s sport

Also, Mick Wallace wears an Italy jersey in the Dáil and Tommy Bowe signs a new contract.

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(Roy Keane arrives ahead of a training session at Gannon Park, Malahide)

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(Referee Nigel Owens has reportedly received racist and homophobic abuse)

The best thing we shared today

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The Run in the Dark took place last night, and there were some brilliant pics to commemorate it.

On the record

“What this book has done is made me think about how I’d react if I got bad news about my health. Whatever about the book, I want to commend Alan for breaking taboos and barriers down in an instant, and showing people out there that you kept working hard and you kept the spirits up through the most tumultuous time. You read about his friend who’s going through the same thing and who wasn’t so successful at the end of it. You’re an inspiration, Alan. I called you ‘Albert Tatlock’ there, but every team needs an Albert Tatlock.”

Niall Quinn gave a great speech about his former teammate Alan McLoughlin last night.

Where we were today

Our reporter Ben Blake is in Scotland to cover proceedings ahead of tomorrow night’s big game.

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(Gordon Strachan during a press conference at Mar Hall, Glasgow)

The fixture list

  • Aside from Scotland v Ireland, there are plenty of other big international games taking place, including Northern Ireland’s vital clash with Romania.
  • Meanwhile, there are two other games in Ireland’s group, with Germany hosting Gibraltar and Georgia facing Poland.

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Independent TD Mick Wallace wore an Italy soccer jersey in the Dáil today.

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