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# Development

This week
3rd December 2023 - 7th December 2023
Ex-Celtic and Northern Ireland player Paddy McCourt cleared of sexual assault conviction
Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service offered no evidence during the brief hearing.
Ex-Celtic and Northern Ireland player Paddy McCourt cleared of sexual assault conviction
Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service offered no evidence during the brief hearing.
Last month
November 2023
FAI invited to appear before the PAC over Covid funding and executive pay controversy
State funding to the association was suspended following a breach of the terms of the FAI’s Memorandum of Understanding with the government.
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.
Ireland link with Portugal builds on renewal of layer of international rugby
Emerging Ireland and the Ireland A team both returned last year and appear to be here to stay.
World Cup great entertainers Portugal to face England 'A' team at Welford Road
Matchday 23 to be picked by Steve Borthwick as England look to develop fringe players.
This year
Spanish police search referee headquarters as Barcelona probe continues
Prosecutors allege more than €7.3 million was paid to the former vice president of the refereeing committee.
Spain duo say they are leaving training camp despite deal
Mapi Leon and Patri Guijarro did not play a part in Spain’s World Cup campaign and are departing before their Nations League games.
Several striking Spain players arrive for national team camp
Potential fines range between €3,000-€30,000, while players could also lose their licences for up to five years.
Spain star kissed by Rubliales left out of squad
Jenni Hermoso was a notable absentee as the Montse Tome era begins.
The Rugby Championship launches its own annual U20 tournament
New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Argentina will play in the round-robin tournament.
Ladies football and camogie players suspend protests after agreement reached
‘Commitments are now in place from the two National Governing Bodies,’ a statement read.
Domestic violence case dropped against ex-Man United star Ryan Giggs
The former player was accused of controlling or coercive behaviour towards his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville
Bayern Munich end controversial partnership with Qatar
Germany’s biggest club had long faced criticism for its ties to Doha.
Ireland star Jason Knight facing uncertain future despite contract extension
The midfielder is not the only Irish player who may be set to leave Derby.
Assistant referee stood down while FA investigates Andy Robertson incident
Constantine Hatzidakis appeared to elbow the Liverpool player just after the half-time whistle in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
Permission given for Croke Park and Casement Park to be included in Euro 2028 bid
Casement Park has not been in use for a decade but it is hoped that the ground will be open again in 2025.
Qataris to make second bid for Manchester United
Meetings held last week were described as positive and constructive by sources close to Sheikh Jassim.
US firm reaches next stage in Man United bidding process
Representatives from the company are understood to have been at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Brighton confirm Enock Mwepu taken ill and undergoing tests
The former player was forced to retire from football at the age of 24 after being diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening heart condition.
Farrell receives ban but will be available for England’s Six Nations opener
The skipper is set to be able to resume playing after Saracens’ Premiership clash with Bristol on 28 January.
Last year
Construction industry lobbying to change law and reduce planning challenges
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Lobby records and documents obtained by Noteworthy show how the industry has pushed back against the judicial review process.
Lobby records and documents obtained by Noteworthy show how the industry has pushed back against the judicial review process
Housing Minister was lobbied 88 times on housing, development and zoning issues since taking office
Industry representatives regularly meet and liaise with local authority officials, reports Cormac Fitzgerald
Paul Pogba's brother detained by French authorities as extortion investigation continues
Mathias Pogba’s lawyer said on Friday he denies any involvement in extortion reported by his World Cup-winning brother.
35-man Emerging Ireland squad announced for South Africa tour
The squad contains four players who have been capped at senior Test level.
Contracts, Celtic Cup, the club game - women's rugby still in flux
The women’s game in Ireland remains in need of greater alignment.
'Some of our guys come from Brazil's favelas, which is just extraordinary stuff'
St Michael’s director of rugby, Andy Skehan, has been working with the Brazilian national team.
'He’d be a 9/10 or a 2/10, but he's become that 7/10 player you need'
Stephen Bradley has hailed Dylan Watts’ improvement ahead of Shamrock Rovers’ clash with Ferencvaros.
New development plan for 'urban quarter' in West Dublin
The neighbourhoods in the plan would follow the 15-minute city concept.
Jury discharged in trial of Wolves fan accused of racist abuse of Rio Ferdinand
Jamie Arnold has denied racially abusing the former England and Manchester United player at a match in 2021.
US artistic swimmer, who fainted in pool, forced out of team event
FINA said it had organised a medical examination of Anita Alvarez on Friday morning.
Police will not take action against Patrick Vieira
The Crystal Palace boss appeared to kick out at a fan following his team’s recent match at Everton.
Police arrest, then release suspect in PSG women's team assault case
A source close to the case said the man was a ‘friend’ of Aminata Diallo.
Ireland Women set for their first-ever summer tour in Japan
Head coach Greg McWilliams feels the tour will be crucial in developing Ireland’s players.
Police arrest suspected killers of Argentine rugby star Aramburu
The two men, both members of the GUD white nationalist group, were already due in court in June.
Investigation launched into Josh Taylor’s controversial win over Jack Catterall
A brief statement from British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith confirmed the news.
Cabinet to discuss approval of O'Devaney Gardens redevelopment
The scheme is made up of 1,047 apartments and houses in inner city Dublin.
All time
The Arts Council has criticised new Busáras HQ plans which would see loss of Eblana Theatre
Michael Scott’s original vision for Busáras included plans for a nightclub on the top floor, a newsreel cinema, a crèche, and a barber’s.
Proposed hotel at site of Dublin's Cobblestone pub refused planning permission
The pub itself is a protected structure, and according to the planning application, it would be retained as part of any development.
Samples taken from IHRB on horses at raided Kildare premises prove negative
Animal remedies were seized earlier this month as part of ‘ongoing’ probe into equine doping.
'It's a conversation he needs to have with his coaches' - Ireland's Oko-Flex must carefully consider next move
The West Ham youngster earned a first U21 call-up for games against Italy and Sweden.