•   
  •   

Sport Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan McLoughlin dies aged 54

21:16  04 may  2021
21:16  04 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Outdoor activities back as Ireland eases lockdown

  Outdoor activities back as Ireland eases lockdown Some outdoor attractions as well as sports training are resuming in the Republic of Ireland.The country has been in a strict lockdown since Christmas, with non-essential retail, pubs and restaurants closed.

Alan McLoughlin wearing a microphone: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan McLoughlin has died at the age of 54, Portsmouth have announced.

McLoughlin, who made more than 350 appearances for Pompey in a career which began as an apprentice at Manchester United, revealed in March he was living with cancer for the second time.

A post on his former club's official Twitter account said: "Pompey are sad to confirm that Alan McLoughlin has passed away at the age of just 54.

Alan McLoughlin wearing a suit and tie: ( © Provided by Daily Mail (

'Rest in peace, Macca.'

McLoughlin won 42 caps for Ireland and famously scored the goal against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park in November 1993 which took Jack Charlton's team to the 1994 World Cup finals in the United States.

Arlene Foster facing battle to remain head of DUP as members of her party demand leadership contest

  Arlene Foster facing battle to remain head of DUP as members of her party demand leadership contest Arlene Foster is facing a battle to remain leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. © PA Northern Ireland first minister Arlene Foster could face a leadership challenge Sky News understands 75% of the Democratic Unionist Party's Northern Ireland Assembly members have signed a letter demanding a leadership contest.The challenge, first reported by the Belfast News Letter, could signal the end of Arlene's Foster's tenure as Northern Ireland's First Minister.

Football Association of Ireland president Gerry McAnaney said: 'Alan will always be remembered for that goal in Belfast 18 years ago, a goal that brought the entire country to its feet.

'He was a great player for Ireland, a fantastic footballing man who coached so many young players and a very proud family man.

a man holding his hands up: ( © Provided by Daily Mail ( a football player in a green field: ( © Provided by Daily Mail (

'We were lucky to have him as one of our Irish football family and I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with Irish football when I sympathise with Debbie and his family at this most difficult of times.'

FAI chief executive officer Jonathan Hill added: 'This is most tragic news and our thoughts now are with Alan's wife Debbie, his two daughters and his extended family.

'I spoke with Alan before we honoured him at the Luxembourg game in March and I know how proud he was of his 42 appearances in the Ireland jersey.

'He went to two World Cups with Ireland and will always be remembered for that night in November in 1993. May he rest in peace.'

Read more

Record $17.7b to improve aged-care system .
The federal budget contains a $17.7 billion package for the aged care sector, but the government has rejected a levy to pay for its plan.The Morrison government on Tuesday responded to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in its 2021/22 federal budget.

usr: 1
This is interesting!