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# Numbers Game

This week
3rd December 2023 - 7th December 2023
Government confident it has numbers to win confidence motion in Justice Minister Helen McEntee
A report by
Christina Finn
Tánaiste Micheál Martin says the government has the backing from several independent TDs.
Last month
November 2023
Stephen Kenny's Irish reign in numbers
We look back at the stats and facts of Stephen Kenny’s reign.
This year
Ulster Rugby reveal financial loss of £900k+ after 'challenging' 2022/23 season
Ulster Rugby CEO describes relocated Champions Cup clash as ‘an incredibly unfortunate situation that had a huge impact on our finances’.
Last year
The next Dáil will have at least 11 extra TDs
The minimum number of TDs will be 171, with some believing it could rise to 178.
All time
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan doesn't see the numbers on the left for 'a stable government'
Ryan says a government is needed that will last for ‘three or four years’.
Éamon Ó Cuív says he's 'completely against' Fianna Fáil going into coalition with Fine Gael and Greens
The Galway West TD said this type of coalition is the only option that would give a Dáil majority.
On your marks: How did you rate Ireland in the tense win over Scotland?
CJ Stander took the man-of-the-match award on a day when few Ireland players shone. Here’s our ratings but tell us what you think.
Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle
Head coach Andy Friend is keen to bolster his squad with some of the talent floating under the radar in Leinster.
The numbers are looking good for Boris Johnson - but can we trust the opinion polls?
Love them or hate them it’s impossible to escape them.
The key areas Roscommon must target if they’re to dethrone Galway
Anthony Cunningham’s side need to improve on their semi-final performance against Mayo.
Numbers Game: No manager has beaten Jim Gavin's Dublin more often than Malachy O'Rourke
Jim McGuinness remains the only manager with an unbeaten record against Dublin in the Jim Gavin era.
Live stats on big screens and preventing player burnout: the future of GPS data in the GAA
We chat to Patrick Hogan of STATSports about the work they do with the likes of Dublin, Mayo and Waterford.
Eddie Brennan: 'I just can't understand why lads would not want to hurl for their county'
The new Laois manager has players unavailable to him for the 2019 season.
Explainer: Why Peter Fitzpatrick ditching Fine Gael could be a headache for the party
The Louth TD departed the parliamentary party last night.
Gardaí release number of drink driving arrests - 15,000 more than previously published
Currently all crime data released by the gardaí is considered to be ‘under reservation’, ie of insufficient quality, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Homeless charities hit out at suggestion non-nationals would be excluded from figures
The Department said that it was awaiting a report from an interdepartmental group.
Department of Housing won't comment on claims non-EU nationals may be removed from homeless list
The claims top a bad week for Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in which his department’s monthly reporting of Ireland’s homeless numbers has come in for intense scrutiny.
Fardy determined not to come up short again
The 33-year-old knows the feeling of finishing second best.
'There's a method to any madness that happens': Schmidt sizes up Scots while poking holes in perception
The Kiwi set about dismantling the relevance of ball-in-play time statistics after Warren Gatland’s assertion that Wales would have beaten Ireland if the ball were alive for longer.
Championship the third-most attended league in Europe, ahead of La Liga and Serie A
Over 60% of European leagues saw a drop-off in total attendance last season, including the League of Ireland Premier Division.
How does Pep Guardiola's record run with Man City compare to Barca and Bayern stints?
He’s got a knack for this management lark.
Cristiano Ronaldo is experiencing the biggest slump of his career in 12 years
The Real Madrid man has suffered a surprisingly poor start to the season – the worst he has endured in quite some time.
Henderson taking 'cut-throat' analytical approach to size up his own performance
Between maths and the mechanics of a line-out, there’s plenty to keep the Ulster lock’s brain occupied.
Player ratings: How Ireland performed in the 9-try rout in Rome
That’s how to bounce back.
'Ruthlessness' the focus for Ireland defence coach Farrell, not stats
The numbers of tries conceded are piling up for Andy Farrell, but he’s looking beyond the numbers.
Here's how we rated Ireland after a rollercoaster of a clash against Scotland
After battling back into a lead, Joe Schmidt’s men coughed up their advantage late on.
GAA Analytics Roundtable: How numbers have changed the game
We spoke with three respected performance analysts on the analytics movement in the inter-county game.
St Vincent's keep Dublin golden era going as Rhode suffer more Leinster heartbreak
The Village have lost five provincial finals since 2006.
Permutations: What needs to happen for Dundalk to make the knockout stages
A second place finish in Group D of the Europa League is still possible, but they need a big favour from Zenit in Holland.
Westerners best in our Ireland v Canada player ratings
In between clashes with the All Blacks, a much-changed Ireland side ran out convincing winners over Canada.
A win is a win - but the stats from last night show Ireland were lucky to get all three points
A Séamus Coleman goal was the difference between the two sides.
No 'understandings' or arrangements between FG and Lowry, Kenny says
The Taoiseach told the Dáil today that he appreciates the support Lowry has given government.
The official scorecards for GGG-Brook were pretty tight when the fight was stopped
Kell Brook was ahead on one card, and level on the other two, after the first four rounds.
Shilton calls for Rooney to retire from international football as he closes in on his record
The former England goalkeeper won 125 caps but the Manchester United star is now just nine appearances behind him.
Laois could face qualifier replay with Armagh after use of seven subs in Saturday's win
The O’Moore county have been drawn to face Clare in the next round of the qualifiers.
Permutations: What Ireland need to do to qualify for Euro 2016 knockout stages
Finishing as one of the best third-placed teams seems the most likely way of progressing.
Gardaí don't want any new recruits until their pay cuts are reversed
The Garda Representative Association welcomed the commitment to increasing numbers to 15,000 but said pay needs to be tackled first.
133 years of the 4, 5 and 6 Nations Championship: Can Ireland complete its first 3-in-a-row?
Most back-to-back champs have not fared well when they try for a third straight Championship.
Registration for census jobs closes after just four hours due to demand
By 1pm today the number had already reached 16,000.
Where will Ireland's goals come from against Bosnia?
We looked at the stats ahead of the Euro 2016 playoff games.