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Analysis

# analysis - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Angela Merkel’s ‘Dr No’ makes Ireland’s search for a bank debt deal much harder

Analysis: Dr Joachim Pfeiffer’s visit to Dublin this week was not a pleasant one for Enda Kenny.

# analysis - Thursday 24 July, 2014

From The Score Analysis: Brumbies’ breakdown work gives them shot against Waratahs Technique

Analysis: Brumbies’ breakdown work gives them shot against Waratahs

We use GIFs and screenshots to examine the positive influence Laurie Fisher has had on the Brumbies.

# analysis - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

From The Score Rugby technique: Last-ditch tackle or punch the ball loose? Analysis

Rugby technique: Last-ditch tackle or punch the ball loose?

We take a look at Ben Smith and Bundee Aki’s desperate efforts in last weekend’s Super Rugby play-offs.

# analysis - Sunday 20 July, 2014

From The Score 6 lessons learned from the 2014 World Cup Analysis

6 lessons learned from the 2014 World Cup

Lionel Messi doesn’t need to prove his greatness, football must address its concussion problem and more.

# analysis - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

From The Score 5 issues new Man United manager Louis van Gaal needs to address Analysis

5 issues new Man United manager Louis van Gaal needs to address

Today was the Dutchman’s first official day in the job.

From The Score Brian O’Driscoll signs up as rugby expert with BT Sport New Career

Brian O’Driscoll signs up as rugby expert with BT Sport

The 35-year-old will be involved in the Rugby Champions Cup packages this season.

Here’s how the junior minister reshuffle showed up Enda Kenny’s women problem

Analysis: One male junior minister joked that he’d have to buy a dress given the lack of women – but it raises the question: why weren’t any female FG TDs promoted?

# analysis - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

From The Score A tactical breakdown of where the 2014 World Cup final was won and lost Analysis

A tactical breakdown of where the 2014 World Cup final was won and lost

A patient game from Germany eventually yielded its rewards, as they beat Argentina 1-0.

From The Score 5 things Martin O’Neill and Ireland can learn from the 2014 World Cup Analysis

5 things Martin O’Neill and Ireland can learn from the 2014 World Cup

Squad depth is more important than ever and other noteworthy points.

# analysis - Sunday 13 July, 2014

From The Score 5 talking points ahead of today’s Germany-Argentina World Cup final Analysis

5 talking points ahead of today’s Germany-Argentina World Cup final

Can Messi deliver, will the respective stubborn defences be breached and more.

# analysis - Friday 11 July, 2014

Here are 9 things you need to know about the Cabinet reshuffle

Analysis: The Cabinet’s female membership is doubled but will Labour rue taking on Environment?

# analysis - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

From The Score Why the Brazil-Germany game was the most incredible match I’ve ever witnessed Opinion

Why the Brazil-Germany game was the most incredible match I’ve ever witnessed

The tournament hosts endured their heaviest World Cup loss ever against Joachim Löw’s side last night.

# analysis - Thursday 3 July, 2014

‘How’s my hair?’: Quinn brings smiles and a bit of emotion as he departs on his own terms Departure This post contains videos

‘How’s my hair?’: Quinn brings smiles and a bit of emotion as he departs on his own terms

The outgoing Education Minister pre-empted his likely demotion with his announcement yesterday.

# analysis - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Why Eamon Gilmore wants a top EU job, and why it would be a win for Labour if he got it

Analysis: Labour is being told it needs to be more assertive in government, and it’s starting with the European Commissioner job.

# analysis - Saturday 28 June, 2014

From The Score Analysis: Has Ronaldo been an asset or a liability for Portugal at this World Cup? Report Card

Analysis: Has Ronaldo been an asset or a liability for Portugal at this World Cup?

The Portuguese star’s fitness has come under scrutiny during the tournament.

# analysis - Thursday 26 June, 2014

The verdict on Bank of Ireland’s €250 million mortgage book sale

The sale of the performing mortgages to domestic player Dilosk was confirmed this morning.

# analysis - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

The Brian Crowley debacle is yet another blow to Micheál Martin’s authority

Analysis: Defiance of the party leader is now a common occurrence in Fianna Fáil and it’s not good in the long run for the former Cabinet minister.

From The Score 5 ways England can improve their fortunes at major tournaments Analysis

5 ways England can improve their fortunes at major tournaments

Implementing a winter break and other ideas for Roy Hodgson’s side.

From The Score Analysis: New Zealand show clinical edge with tries from line-out platform Part 1

Analysis: New Zealand show clinical edge with tries from line-out platform

We’ve taken a detailed look at the Kiwis’ attacking out of touch last weekend.

# analysis - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

From The Score Aaron Smith underlines the importance of intelligent support play Analysis

Aaron Smith underlines the importance of intelligent support play

The New Zealand scrum-half scored two tries against England due to his work off the ball.

# analysis - Monday 23 June, 2014

Sinn Féin may be getting ready for government, but is it ready for questions about policy?

Analysis: The Sinn Féin president struggled with specifics in an interview this morning but he and others will face similar questions in the months ahead.

# analysis - Friday 20 June, 2014

From The Score Willie le Roux’s attacking flair adds another layer to fearsome ‘Boks Analysis

Willie le Roux’s attacking flair adds another layer to fearsome ‘Boks

The 24-year-old Cheetahs fullback showed off his kicking, evasion and fielding skills in Durban last weekend.

How Niall Collins did nothing wrong, but did himself no favours

Analysis: Niall Collins should not have got involved in the case of a man convicted of serious drug offences – for his own sake.

# analysis - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

From Business ETC What the IFAC? Five questions about the guys who want a tougher budget this year Analysis

What the IFAC? Five questions about the guys who want a tougher budget this year

This morning IFAC called on Government to stick to the €2 billion adjustment – but who are they, and why are they so eager to keep costs down?

# analysis - Monday 16 June, 2014

From The Score Here’s where England v Italy was won and lost Analysis

Here’s where England v Italy was won and lost

We assess how the Italians outwitted Roy Hodgson’s men tactically and technically.

From The Score Analysis: England’s Chris Ashton shows the value of proactive support lines Off The Ball

Analysis: England’s Chris Ashton shows the value of proactive support lines

The Saracens wing got on the end of an England try against New Zealand thanks to his tracking.

Having made a ‘complete and utter balls of it’, what hope now for the banking inquiry?

Analysis: Before it’s even started the public perception of the banking inquiry has been badly damaged.

# analysis - Sunday 15 June, 2014

From The Score Analysis: So how did Ireland beat Italy on that famous day 20 years ago Anniversary

Analysis: So how did Ireland beat Italy on that famous day 20 years ago

Two decades on, we assess a historic day in Irish sport — the anniversary of which takes place this week.

Shinnernomics: Opponents call them fantasy, so how realistic are Sinn Féin’s budget proposals?

The rise of Sinn Féin raises obvious questions about what they would do in government. We take a closer look at the party’s economic policies.

# analysis - Saturday 14 June, 2014

From The Score 5 talking points from Holland’s crushing defeat of Spain Analysis

5 talking points from Holland’s crushing defeat of Spain

Man United fans licking their lips, Spanish qualification hopes in grave danger and more.

# analysis - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

From The Score 5 talking points from Ireland’s emphatic loss to Portugal Post-mortem

5 talking points from Ireland’s emphatic loss to Portugal

Why we shouldn’t panic, the defence’s dire showing and more.

We got here all because GSOC and gardaí couldn’t get on with each other

Four months on, and we’ve lost a Minister and a Commissioner – and now the inquiry is more futile than most.

# analysis - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

With all this politics what hope does the banking inquiry have of finding out anything?

The government messed up in not ensuring it had a majority on the inquiry in the first place, but now its attempts to reverse this threaten to undermine the whole process of finding out what happened to the Irish banking system.

# analysis - Monday 9 June, 2014

From The Score Analysis: Ireland’s new-look midfield shows promise in Argentina Central Issue

Analysis: Ireland’s new-look midfield shows promise in Argentina

The trio of Jonny Sexton, Luke Marshall and Darren Cave provided a strong attacking performance.

# analysis - Saturday 7 June, 2014

From The Score 5 talking points from last night’s Ireland-Costa Rica game Analysis

5 talking points from last night’s Ireland-Costa Rica game

Doyle reminds us of his importance, Forde mistake proves costly and more.

# analysis - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Analysis: James Reilly looks isolated, undermined and on the way out of government

The Health Minister has been under pressure for much of his time in office but now looks set to be replaced.

# analysis - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Michael Noonan seized the initiative in disclosing cancer fight, now he’ll just want to get on with it

The Minister for Finance hopes to continue in his role despite his health scare.

# analysis - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

From Business ETC SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in ‘survival mode’ No Derailment

SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in ‘survival mode’

The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.

There’s a lot of talk, but a new political party is not imminent. Here’s why…

There’s talk, and a lot of it, about a new political party being set up in Ireland but the reality is that any such development remains a way off yet.

# analysis - Sunday 1 June, 2014

From The Score 5 talking points from last night’s Ireland-Italy game Analysis

5 talking points from last night’s Ireland-Italy game

The Irish team’s Everton-style formation, Shane Long’s continuing misfortune in front of goal and more.

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