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# Defence

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# Defence
Dessie Farrell criticises Colm O'Rourke's "ill informed" views on the GPA
Speaking last night, Farrell defended how the GPA have evolved since their inception.
# Defence
British footballer expresses regret but denies rape
Ched Evans was released on Friday after serving half of his five-year sentence
# response
John Giles defends the RTÉ panel in the wake of criticism
The pundits were critical of Martin O’Neill despite his side ultimately achieving a positive result.
# Dilemmas
5 important questions for Munster ahead of the Champions Cup
Back row selections, attacking progress, defensive aggression, Zeebs and the set-piece.
# Defence
Steven Gerrard has at least another two years at the top level with Liverpool - Hamann
The star has come under fire recently following the Reds’ disappointing start to the season.
# gruesome
Porn actor pleads not guilty to killing and dismembering student
Luka Rocco Magnotta had fled to Europe after the killing, and was recognised in a Berlin internet café.
# understanding
Analysis: Connacht's defence drives strong start to Pro12 season
We take a look at the mindset and understanding that helped the western province to beat Leinster.
# Syria
Coveney confirms Irish troops will return to Golan Heights amid increased tensions
Opposition TDs Mick Wallace and Richard Boyd Barrett disagree with the move.
# Defence
'No concerns' over Steven Gerrard's form - Rodgers
The star has endured a difficult start to the campaign with the Reds losing three of their opening five Premier League games.
# Defence
Brendan Rodgers promises Liverpool revival
The Anfield club’s latest loss has left them a point behind West Ham in the table.
# air defence zone
Russian fighter jets intercepted by US near Alaska
The warplanes intercepted the jets on Wednesday.
# 1st world problems
One of the Government jets has broken down - what are ministers to do?
The Gulfstream IV, which Brian Lenihan said in 2010 should be scrapped, is out of action — leaving just one jet on duty.
# Golan Heights
"Not an acceptable level of risk": UN mission review needs to happen now, says Coveney
The United Nations needs to conduct a full review of the UNDOF mission before Ireland’s next rotation of troops, the Defence Minister said.
# Syria
I'm not going to pull troops out of Golan before UN review --- Coveney
Irish troops carried out a daring rescue mission of their Filipino colleagues yesterday. The fate of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji captured by rebels still remains unknown.
# Defence
Harry Redknapp: 'He's not a murderer, he's not a rapist and he's not a paedophile. It shouldn't finish his life'
The QPR boss reckons Malky Mackay deserves another chance.
# Adaptation
'I’d need a day to go through what I’ve learned' - Ronan O'Gara
The Racing Métro coach is gradually growing comfortable with life off the pitch, he tells in Paris.
# Tackles
Defensive disappointment hurts most for Ireland after World Cup defeat
England thrived as Ireland’s ‘passive’ defence gave up metres all evening.
# sweets
Ex-Cork hurler Sweetnam makes magnificent try-saving tackle for Munster
Fijian sevens player Simeli Taqeya may have regretted his decision to slow up.
# Defence
Sinn Féin wants Ireland to stop buying Israeli-made military equipment
More than €2.9 million has been spent on such equipment since 2011.
# marginal gains
Munster assistant coach Ian Costello looks to defensive progress
‘I think you have to be internally motivated to keep trying to be better.’
# Controversy
Former POW Bergdahl back on US soil, will continue medical treatment in Texas
It comes as new letters emerge, suggesting he was in a troubled state of mind before and during his deployment with the military.
# systems
Analysis: Added line speed moves Leinster's defence in positive direction
Using GIFs and screenshots, we examine how Matt O’Connor has gone about changing the Leinster ‘D’.
# Signed And Sealed
John Terry will be back playing for Chelsea next season at the Bridge
The former England captain has signed a one-year extension to his contract.
# Background
Frances Fitzgerald: From social worker to Justice Minister
Here’s a profile of what you need to know about her background and political experience.
# Trouble On The Horizon
Warning - Massed defences on the way in GAA this summer due to black card
Louth manager Aidan O’Rourke is concerned at what lies ahead.
# View from France
Stopping the offload and O'Mahony's breakdown work the keys for Munster
Grenoble skills coach and former Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast discusses the strengths of Toulouse.
# Defence
Steve Bruce backs George Boyd over spitting accusations
The Football Association have yet to decide if action will be taken against the pair as a result of the altercation.
# Analysis
Analysis: France's counter-attack poses huge threat to Ireland's Six Nations dreams
This piece uses GIFs and videos to examine Les Bleus’ attacking ‘structure’ as well as their danger on the counter.
# Analysis
Analysis: Ireland's midfield holds the key to unlocking French defence
We’ve cracked out the GIFs and videos to examine the defensive strengths and weaknesses of Philippe Saint-André’s men.
# Trial
Security guard says Pistorius told him "everything is fine"
The murder trial moves into its second week in Pretoria.
# Analysis
Analysis: Ireland can halt England’s attack with energy and organisation
Stuart Lancaster’s men will overpower the Irish defence if there is any let up in structure and work rate.
# Analysis
Analysis: England's aggressive defence can be broken down by Ireland
With Stuart Lancaster’s men rushing up, there may be space for Ireland on the outside edges and in behind.
# finishing strong
Kiss calls on replacements to do 'the right kind of damage' on organised England
This coaching team is determined to keep second half performances on the up.
# Oireachtas agenda
Cigarettes, peace, the Docklands... and everything else happening in Leinster House today
What’s are the folks on Kildare Street up to today? Well, you asked…
# Analysis
Analysis: Munster's strength lies in defensive tight work
Rob Penney’s men were superb at the breakdown and in the tackle to suffocate Gloucester.
# Gulf of Mexico
US court upholds BP settlement for Gulf oil spill
The British energy giant reached a $7.8 billion settlement in 2012
# State Papers
Haughey sought military advice on a common defence plan for Ireland and the UK
State Papers show he planned to ‘bait’ Margaret Thatcher into talks on reunification using the plan.
# Defence
Lennon: Celtic supporters best in the world
“We’ve had a few problems of late that the club are trying to deal with as swiftly as they can,” he said.
# case for the defence
'We're up for it': Ireland in steely mood before toughest Test
Les Kiss is looking for a massive improvement after last week’s defensive horror show.
# Analysis
Analysis: Ireland must cut out the defensive failings against All Blacks
The Wallabies deserve credit for their ability to turn line-breaks into tries, but Ireland’s defence disappointed.