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Real Madrid star Benzema deserves to win Ballon d'Or - Messi
'David Nucifora himself is quite happy to be challenged'
'At any interface point in the game, there is always going to be friction'
McIlroy world number one for first time in five years
Winning, fresh faces, and his 'ideas man' - Farrell launches the new Ireland era
Joe Schmidt's third Six Nations title with Ireland shows his enduring quality
'The GAA is bigger, better, richer and more popular than ever - so why are people moaning?'
Dublin native John Horan the new GAA president elect after emphatic victory
Ronaldo sees off competition from Messi to land Fifa's best player award
Detector dog Casey helps seize 900,000 cigarettes at Dublin Port
Ronaldo beats Bale and Griezmann to Best Player in Europe award
The next leader of Labour - ranked from most to least likely
Nicholls claims trainers' title as Mullins left to rue three second-place finishes
'Conor has been impressive but Jose is a different animal entirely'
Dana White disagrees with Aldo's rank as the UFC's pound-for-pound best
How many of the world’s top 10 most popular beers have you tried?
15 reasons why you'll never be as cool as Cathal Pendred's dog
The head of the new policing authority has been picked - but not everyone is happy
Could you be the new Editor of the Irish Independent?
Mike Brown edges out Brian O'Driscoll for 6 Nations best player award
Noonan named as Europe's Finance Minister of the Year by 'The Banker'
Ronaldo completes hat-trick with this rocket as Real cruise against Gala
Puppy Bowl is an actual real thing which 10 million people watch
Federer hails Djokovic as 'real' number one
Hero's welcome: Murray given rousing reception in Dunblane
Familiar territory: BOD comfortable with favourites' tag ahead of Blues battle