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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Crunch time

This month
January 2023
# opportunity knocks
‘I was always watching LOI and the Irish team. And I just thought: there's a market there’
Pat Deane on the challenges of the transfer window and working for more than 20 years as a football agent.
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Farrell insists Connacht aren't feeling the pressure ahead of crucial few weeks
The Dublin native will turn 30 next Tuesday and by then he will know whether their URC hopes have been re-ignited.
Last month
December 2022
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England braced for 'biggest test'
Gareth Southgate’s side recovered from a nervous start before powering to a 3-0 win against Senegal.
Last year
2022
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Eamon Ryan made lead EU negotiator on crucial issue at COP27
The minister is representing the EU in talks on loss and damage supports, which he said will be “difficult” and “protracted”.
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Ireland skipper feels pressure all on West Indies ahead of T20 World Cup showdown
The winner reaches the next round.
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‘I asked them what group did you want to be in. Do you want to be in the people who were the one-hit wonders?'
Outgoing Meath coach Paul Garrigan on how they went about retaining their TG4 All-Ireland Senior title.
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'We're still working on it': Cabinet ends without agreement on agriculture emissions target
Negotiations between the two departments are set to continue on tomorrow.
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'I know the rules' - Lampard dismisses talk of getting sacked at Everton
Lampard’s side are languishing one point above the relegation zone with only nine games left to avoid the drop.
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Macron launches bitter attack on Le Pen as lead slips in French polls
A poll yesterday showed Le Pen winning 47.5% of the vote in a second-round run-off against Macron.
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'We are fighters': Connacht know they must bounce back as play-off fight looms
Andy Friend’s side shipped 56 points in a shocking collapse against Edinburgh.
# packet in
Tayto is ending its sponsorship of Tayto Park
The park, which opened in 2010 in Meath, has had over five million visitors since it was established.
All time
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Here is every Irish player set to be involved in the EFL play-offs
Conor Hourihane and Aiden McGeady are among the individuals expected to feature.
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Beating Luxembourg 'has to be the objective' as Kenny aims to build on Serbia progress
Stephen Kenny says Troy Parrott will return to the squad with Aaron Connolly out, though was offering no assurances that Mark Travers will keep his place in goal.
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Pat Lam says Bristol’s Champions Cup hopes ‘on the line’ against Connacht
His side are boosted by the return from injury of their captain Steven Luatua, who makes his first appearance this season.
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Galway star forward ruled out for All-Ireland semi-final while appeal lodged for key defender
The Tribeswomen will take on Cork in their final-four clash.
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Ireland's quiet man set for the biggest night of his footballing life
In just his third match in charge, Stephen Kenny will lead Ireland in a crucial Euros play-off against Slovakia.
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'Exceptional' Connors a key selection as Leinster bid to unseat Saracens
Dropping an established international like Josh van der Flier is testament to Leinster’s depth and their ability to use it.
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'A moment of truth': EU Summit to resume amid deadlock over €750 billion Covid rescue plan
The 27 leaders are scheduled to reconvene at 11am local time.
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'That's the Green way': Catherine Martin says party will accept if members vote against government deal
Catherine Martin is calling on Green Party members to back the deal to go into government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
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Ireland's bid for a UN Security Council seat is set to be decided today
Ireland faces competition from Norway and Canada for two non-permanent seats on the council.
# Brexit
UK could walk away from EU trade talks if progress not made by June
The UK has published its negotiating guidelines ahead of talks with Brussels on Monday.
# impeachment
Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump likely to begin next Tuesday
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects the House of Representatives to send the articles of impeachment through to the upper chamber tomorrow.
# No White Smoke Yet
Shane Ross: Solution to save the FAI may be agreed 'fairly soon'
The Minister met with Uefa and FAI Chair Roy Barrett today, as talks to find a deal to safeguard the financial future of the crisis-hit football body intensify.
AS IT HAPPENED
RB Salzburg v Liverpool, Champions League
Mo Salah was on target in a 2-0 win for the champions.
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'Does winning this game define the season? I think that's fair to say'
Ronan Finn is hoping to lead Shamrock Rovers to a first FAI Cup triumph since 1987 on Sunday.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you prefer another Brexit extension?
The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 October.
# Tunnel vision
Michel Barnier given go-ahead from EU to return to intensive Brexit talks
Chances of a breakthrough appeared to rise after yesterday’s face-to-face talks.
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Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson say they can 'see a pathway to a possible deal'
Their discussions concentrated on ‘the challenges of customs and consent’.
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'I don’t want a protest, I’d like to have a great evening and a game that’s enjoyed by everyone'
Ahead of tomorrow’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier, Mick McCarthy is hoping fans concentrate on events on the pitch.
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The Irishman set to captain his club for 'the biggest game in their history' and more crucial matches this weekend
Michael Doyle is hoping to help Notts County avoid dropping to non-league level for the first time ever.
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Talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive to be announced today
The talks are expected to begin after Northern Ireland’s local elections.
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'A flexible extension': EU's Tusk proposes long Brexit delay but not more than a year
Prime Minister Theresa May met with German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron today.
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Butler rallies Connacht as Friend's side face into season-defining games
‘We don’t want to get to three weeks out from the end of the season and park the bus.’
# pro14
Huge boost for Connacht's play-off hopes as Carty passed fit after injury scare
The out-half is available to face Zebre this weekend.
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15 games that will decide the Premier League title race
Liverpool currently hold a two-point lead, though rivals Man City have a game in hand.
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Galway secure league semi-final berth, while Rebel revival keeps Cork in the hunt
A win next week will earn Ephie Fitzgerald’s side a place among the final four.
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Time for Ireland to deliver as Griggs' side search for a much-needed spark
Ireland women are hoping to end a miserable Six Nations campaign on the right note in Cardiff.
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UK government says it has secured 'legally binding changes' to Brexit deal
Tonight’s May visit comes ahead of another expected Brexit vote tomorrow in the House of Commons.
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'We are approaching the position of a hard Brexit' says Donohoe, as clock ticks down to crucial meaningful vote
MPs will tomorrow vote again on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
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Poll: May's deal, no deal or Brexit delay - which vote is most likely to pass in Westminster this week?
There are a number of options before British MPs ahead of a crucial week in parliament.