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Ireland's Sexton passed fit for Wales showdown

Sexton is passed fit for the match with Wales. Credit: PA

Johnny Sexton has been passed fit for Ireland's pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Assistant coach Richie Murphy confirmed that Ireland's lynchpin fly-half trained fully on Tuesday, after recovering from hamstring trouble.

Murphy said Ireland now have "a full deck to pick from" with Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and Jared Payne all cleared to face Wales this weekend.

15,000 homes and businesses without power in Ireland

An estimated 15,000 homes and businesses are without power in Ireland due to extremely strong wind overnight, ESB Networks has advised.

The affected customers are mostly in Donegal, Cork, Killarney, Galway/Athlone, Tullow and Wexford.

The company advised that further damage and blackouts are likely, and said that conditions are too unsafe for technicians to be deployed at present.

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Light festival dazzles Dublin as Ireland readies for 2015

Dubliners have been counting down to the New Year with a procession of light through the Irish capital.

Street performers have illuminated the streets of Dublin as the city heralds the start of a new year. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Children have also taken part in the light festival on New Year's Eve. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The colourful display journeys from St Stephens Green, through Temple Bar and towards Dublin Castle. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Ireland celebrate a victory over Australia in Dublin last month. Credit: PA

An all-Ireland bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be unveiled today.

Political leaders from the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish government will join senior officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) to outline their ambition to jointly host the sport's showpiece event.

Both administrations have been engaged in a preliminary assessment exercise over the last 10 months to weigh up the feasibility of submitting an official bid.

The all-Ireland bid is expected to be given the go-ahead at an event in Armagh this morning.

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