Sunday Long Reads: Assessing the Brexit fallout, the bin charges debacle and Ireland seek revenge against France

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After a week dominated by the Brexit fallout, our Long Reads this week cuts through the results to dissect just how it came to pass, and what it means for the European Union as well as Ireland.

With a huge game for Martin O'Neill's men on the horizon on Sunday, we also look ahead to a clash with France, seven years after the infamous Thierry Henry handball. 

Elsewhere, why are Dublin's public services being sold off to private companies, and Peter Carroll looks at the changes Conor McGregor has made to his camp as he gets ready for a rematch against Nate Diaz. 

After the common market forgot the common man, a Brexit was inevitable

As the first results came into the BBC on Friday morning, there was a caution about proclaiming that vote 'Leave' would win which seemingly united broadcasters, media pundits, pollsters and even, initially at least, Nigel Farage himself.

Yet the first results from Newcastle and Sunderland set the tone. The people were asked about the future of the UK in Europe, and like it or not they voted against the European project. For many this seems to have come as a shock, but it should not have done.

Bin charges debacle: Why were once public services in Dublin sold off to private companies?

The bin fiasco of the last week has again focused attention on the privatisation of waste collection services. Minister Simon Coveney confirmed that current collection rates will be frozen for 12 months as part of a deal drawn up with private waste operators, following backlash over mooted fee hikes. 

Among the companies that had planned to increase charges from the start of next month was none other than the operator that took over most service routes from two Dublin councils six years ago.

Back in 2011, Dublin City Council was losing millions a year on refuse collection, mostly through unpaid rates. Officials decided to follow the lead of the three Dublin local authorities by exiting the market and transferring business to the private sector.

Peter Carroll: Conor McGregor shakes up training camp for his Nate Diaz quest

Conor McGregor has brought some specialists into his camp ahead of his rematch with Nate Diaz on August 20 at UFC 202.

The Irishman revealed that he is driven more than ever to get the win back off Diaz through his public standoff with UFC president Dana White back in April. Having brought in experts from the worlds of Muay Thai, boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to his Dublin base, it appears as though McGregor is a man of his word.

How did the polls get the Brexit result so wrong?

Recent polling in the UK has proven to be wide of the mark, so how did they once again get it wrong with the Brexit results?

The historic vote saw the Leave campaign win out with a small majority of 51.9%. Although those statistics don’t sound particularly huge, there were 17.4 million votes cast for the Leave side, while the Remain side mustered 16.1 million.

Despite that difference of over one million people, Yougov had the Remain campaign down to win as the polls were closing on the Thursday night, whileIpsos Mori also had them ahead as the closing stages of the race approached.

Matt Spiro: France yet to “play their game” as guilt over Thierry Henry's handball lives on

"Whatever happens on Sunday I’ll be happy at the end," a French journalist told me today. “Of course I want us to win, but if Ireland knock us out I’ll be happy for their fans. I’d rather lose to them than Germany or someone.”

Such is the impact Ireland’s supporters have made in France this generous sentiment is shared by many. At a time when the newspapers have been full of depressing stories about hooligans, murdered policemen and social unrest, the Irish have been a breath of fresh air. "Leave us these passionate fans a little longer," pleaded L’Equipe’s chief football writer Vincent Duluc on Thursday. "That our country will host these lovely people day and night for another week brings deep happiness."