Anne Enright has been named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.  She was awarded the honour by the Arts Council at a ceremony in Dublin and will begin her three-year term this month.

Booker prizewinner was ‘unanimous choice’ of the international panel for the €50,000 per year position

Sinead Cambell-Wallace in Alcina by the Opera Theatre Company which got a rise in funds from €640,000 to €680,000 for 2015. Photograph: Kip Carroll

Abbey Theatre allocated €6.2 million, a decrease of €300,000 on last year

'Hamlet' grabbed its audience by the throat and refused to let go

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Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys: “The arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Heather Humphreys says the money will be used by cultural groups countrywide next year

Floating Points: ‘I open Spotify just to make sure my new stuff isn’t on there’

When he’s not studying pain in the brain, music obsessive Sam Shepherd is making and discovering exciting, disparate sounds

Tokyo skyline during the Red Bull Music Academy 2014 event

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Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

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