Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney with Minister or Communications Denis Naughten and   Press Council of Ireland chairman Sean Donlon  at the  launch of the Press Council of Ireland Annual Report 2016. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimmons

Press freedom ‘under pressure’ from legal costs, fake news and digital competition

Under scrutiny: The publication of Facebook’s minimalist and often confusing moderation guidelines will add to the swelling chorus from those calling for the network to be held more accountable for the content it hosts.  File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social media giant says videos of physical abuse and self-harm can be permissible

Colm Tóibín, author, of ‘House of Names’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The novelist no longer wastes energy on things that don’t interest him. He talks Aosdána, tennis and his latest novel

Kieran Rose, chair of Glen. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

As the gay rights group is wound up, it leaves a legacy of bringing equality issues to the fore

Selina Cartmell (middle of front row) at the launch of her inaugural season at the Gate Theatre with a number of artistic collaborators.

New director Selina Cartmell announces first programme, after Michael Colgan exits, stage left

Fintan O’Toole: has already received a European Press Prize for his Brexit articles. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Times journalist up for award for his writing about Brexit

Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch and Siobhán Parkinson, Eoin Colfer and Niamh Sharkey with children from Rutland National School:  Children’s Books Ireland celebrates 20  years with the inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries fund.

Memorial fund is named after children’s literature champion Robert Dunbar

There are now 3,133 people living in Saggart, Co Dublin. Photograph: Hugh Linehan

Population of south Dublin village that ‘Jim Mansfield made’ rises by 46% in five years

Dr Frances Ruane is the new chair of the board of the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dr Ruane was director of ESRI for nine years until 2015

Bob Johnston at the Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane Temple Bar. Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Independent retailer with branches in Temple Bar and Dalkey recognised at ceremony in London

Dee Forbes,  RTÉ director general, believes that  TV drama represents the single biggest growth opportunity for the Irish media industry

Director general of RTÉ says licence fee system is broken and new approach is required

‘Newspaper’s embarrassing error is symptomatic of the reality of modern publishing’

This image, published in Bulgaria’s Prass Press and SEGA, is by cartoonist Christo Komarnitski. It is one of a series of illustrations from some of the world’s best satirical artists, who have shared their work related to President Trump’s first 100 days in office

It’s hard to think of any leader whose first months have been so filled with bizarre incident

Refugees welcome: a rally in Lisbon on a European Day of Action. Photograph: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty

Migration expert Alexander Betts wants to overhaul the policies that created a global crisis

Composer Adam Howell, producer Pat Moylan and writer Paul Hurt, the team behind ‘Angela’s Ashes: The Musical’ on The Samuel Beckett Bridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Show based on Frank McCourt’s best-selling memoir to play Dublin, Limerick and Belfast

Patrick Pye pictured with his wife Noirin. Mr Pye  was told   that his cnuas, the € 17,180 Aosdána stipend, was to be discontinued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Artists debate treatment of artist Patrick Pye during private session of annual assembly

Among those at the Irish citizenship ceremony on Friday were  Joan Sheehan, Irma Fleming, Marilyn Donoso and Michelle Canadilla, originally from the Philippines. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Increase in British applying for Irish citizenship is reflected at ceremony in Dublin

Picketers outside Dublin’s Shelbourne Park dog track protesting at the  proposed closure of the Harold’s Cross stadium. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Shelbourne Park protesters reject greyhound board’s plan to sell Harold’s Cross stadium

Of the 82,000 people who moved to Ireland in the 12 months up to April 24th, 2016, more than 28,000 were Irish-born. Photograph: David Sleator

Since census 2011, Ireland has become older, more urban, more diverse and less Catholic

Census 2016 shows there were 4,761,865 people living in the State on April 24th last year. This is the slowest rate of increase recorded since the 1991- 1996 census period.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Some 22,500 more people left country than came in during the five year period to 2016

For 15 years Tom Savage was a familiar voice on RTÉ’s “It Says in the Papers” slot. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Former priest and broadcaster advised many prominent figures on media strategies

Leading disability rights activist Joanne O’Riordan,  born without limbs owing to an extremely rare condition called Tetra-amelia Syndrome,  leading a protest outside Leinster House calling on the Government to protect the rights of more than 600,000 people living with disabilities in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Protest told Ireland ‘stating on international stage that disability rights do not matter’

 Gay Byrne has confirmed he received information on  overreporting of Garda breathalyser tests which he passed on to  Leo Varadkar in early 2014. File photograph: Getty Images

Breath tests: Ex-RSA chair passed letter to then minister for transport Leo Varadkar

Some of the artists who will be taking part in various events during the Five Lamps Arts Festival which takes place March 30th to  April 6th.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin inner city event aims to showcase uniqueness of the area to residents and visitors

Katy O’Brien: If the Count of Monte Cristo could be locked up for 15 years, Fair City viewers can manage a few more months

7,500 signatories have asked the RTÉ soap to end a ‘tedious’ 10-month kidnap plotline

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: dismantling the current structure, with its silos devoted to television, radio and digital, may hint at a willingness to reconsider the future of some sacred cows.

RTÉ restructuring indicates changes to come as station launches sale of €75m landbank

Around two-thirds of European countries use television licences to fund public service broadcasting. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Around two-thirds of Europe uses licences fees, but where do people pay the most?

Donald Trump: The US president “has the unusual quality of appearing to be a man with no interior life whatsoever. Crucially, he seems never to have experienced shame”. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

‘Dummy’, ‘idiots’, ‘morons’: basic words, but the way the president uses them resonates

Taking part in Sheriff Street’s St Patrick’s Parade, Dublin: the community-based event now takes place every year on March 16th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We wanted to do something positive because we always get negative feedback’

A homepage image from Ireland.ie

Kenny highlights initiative on Irish culture while in Washington DC for St Patrick’s Day visit

Moshin Hamid: “It’s entirely possible to construct a society which is much more equitable but doesn’t put restrictions on migration.” Photograph: Anna Huix/The New York Times

The Pakistani author of ‘Exit West’ on mass migration, Trumpism and the power of doors

People lay flowers in support of the Bethany Survivors Group, at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, in 2010. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Background: Bethany Home survivors are excluded from the compensation scheme

Campaigners against the shift to digital argued it would further isolate elderly Irish people in Britain who relied on radio to keep in touch with Irish affairs. Photograph: Getty Images

Service will continue until 2019 following protests from Irish community in Britain

Fake news: at his press conference President Trump was forced to acknowledge his false claims about the margin of his electoral-college victory. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The US president dominates the news cycle like no one before him

Artastic Pageant characters Piyanuch Chanphet and  Rachel Lalley with Rebecca, Denis and Anabelle Johnson from Dublin at the launch of the St Patrick’s Festival 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 3,000 performers to take part, with 100,000 overseas visitors expected

Facebook and other companies obdurately resisted any suggestion they were anything other than neutral providers of a technical service. Now they exhibit a grudging acknowledgment they are in effect media companies. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Reforms must reflect importance of social media and special case of user comments

Comedian Mario Rosenstock and Justin Green, of Wide Awake Communications, at the launch of Let’s Celebrate: The Cultural and Economic Contribution of Live Entertainment Events in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Let’s Celebrate’ research based on Ticketmaster sales looks at what industry is worth

The cast and crew of the next Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival production, Arlington,  opening on February 13th. The Abbey, like other Irish theatre companies, is concerned about the far-reaching effects  of Brexit on its bottom line.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The UK is leaving the EU, but it will remain our closest cultural partner into the future

Mason Hayes & Curran managing partner Declan Black, EirGrid director of external affairs Rosemary Steen and National Adult Literacy Agency chief executive Inez Bailey at the Plain English Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography.

The event celebrates firms which use simple language when dealing with the public

There is widespread frustration among those affected by online abuse that the likes of Twitter and Facebook are at best slow and at worst entirely unresponsive to requests for removal of objectionable content.  File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

Role would focus on youth, education and enforcing standards on social media firms

The proposal for a digital safety commissioner  reflects the concern  to address difficulties which parents  encounter when they seek to have offensive or upsetting material removed from social networks. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

Proposed digital safety commissioner could force networks to remove offensive material

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride: Brexit will have a detrimental effect for the many Irish artists who relied on showing their work in the UK. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cavan meeting hears of challenges facing culture, regions and Border communities

Key voice: Ailbhe Smith,  of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Next major referendum will almost certainly be closer and more fiercely fought than the last

Game of Thrones: the HBO series is made at Titanic Studios in Belfast. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Vikings’ are already made in Ireland. New film studios, including one planned for Poolbeg, hope to capitali(...)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Development Simon Coveney: “Along with planning how we live, we have to create strong and vibrant communities.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Conference discusses relationship between regional development, arts and culture

Visitors last week at the annual Turner exhibition in the National Gallery, which runs for the month of  January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Work on Dargan and Milltown wings took more than six years to complete

The Undoing Project: Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in the 1970s.  Photograph courtesy of Barbara Tversky

For ‘The Undoing Project’ Michael Lewis, author of ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Moneyball’, has focused on the Nobel-winning work of Danie(...)

 Lucia Shelly and Dr Terri McVeigh at a Nollaig na mBan fundraising event in Dalkey, Co Dublin, in aid of the breast cancer research programme in NUI Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Traditional day honouring women will be marked by events such as exhibitions and concerts

Rock star David Bowie, who died in January, was one of the most searched-for subjects on Google in Ireland this year. Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

Search engine reveals most popular topics among its Irish users in 2016

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, announced winners. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

‘Irish Times’ among 10 websites selected by public for preservation by National Library

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s   new Media Literacy Policy sets out a range of skills to help people navigate new and emerging forms of media, including “the critical awareness to query an item of news”. Photograph: Getty Images

A new initiative aims to give people the tools to question what they read on the internet

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching Creative Ireland: his speech included affirmation of the importance of culture in creating a successful, vibrant, cohesive society in a world where those values seem increasingly under threat. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Creative Ireland plan is ambitious and got kick-started with art community’s approval

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the National Gallery of Ireland: “We can make Ireland the first country in the world to guarantee access for every child to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach launches five-year programme to promote culture as part of everyday lives

A still from The Dawn (1936). The local brigade in their headquarters – Davie Hurley, Pat O’Meara, Dado Hurley, Paddy Looney and Vince Doyle. Photograph off original film: Michelle Cooper Galvin

‘The Dawn’ was made by Killarney garage owner Tom Cooper in 1936

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys:  Creative Ireland/Clár Éire Ildánach will promote culture and creativity across art forms and media over the next five years. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Strategy will place creative and cultural infrastructure ‘at the centre of Irish life’

The role of social media in reinforcing prejudice became a hot topic during this year’s US presidential election.

BAI initiative to help people identify ‘fake news’ and challenge extremist views

Going, going, gone?: Ray D’Arcy with Zig and Zag and, from top, Brain Freeze, Bosco and Twigín

After 55 years RTÉ is hoping to get out of making programmes for children. But will it make any difference in a world of always-on(...)

The conference heard income growth in Ireland was flat during the 1970s and 1980s but then rose sharply until 2008

Professor says narrative has resonance in US but there are differences in other countries

Enda Kenny and  Joe Schmidt: the hard-won Grand Slam of 2009 had created a narrative of “hubristic excess, followed by punishment and redemption”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Academic paper says fortunes of Ireland’s rugby team mirrored Celtic Tiger years

A  younger Ray D’Arcy presenting 2Phat on the then Network 2 station around the year 2000 with notorious puppet brats Zig and Zag. File photograph: RTÉ

Jobs lost as broadcaster to commission all young people’s TV from independent sector

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne in studio for his Lyric FM programme from which he  is obliged to take a break due  to illness. Photograph: The Irish Times

He combines a natural genius for broadcasting with ferocious professionalism

An anonymous group of Facebook employees has contradicted Mark Zuckerberg’s assertion on the scale of the problem

Users engaged more with false stories than legitimate ones before going to polls

Breitbart executive chairman and Trump campaign chief executive Steve Bannon: Breitbart could become, in the words of one of its former employees, Trump Pravda. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

‘Alt-right’ site accused of anti-semitism and racism could now become ‘Trump Pravda’

Hungarian watchmaker Istvan Hanga adjusts the hands of a clock, operated by Kecskemet Cathedral’s original mechanism, in the Bozso House Watch Collection in Hungary. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

On the centenary of the introduction of Daylight Saving, is it time for a review?

The archive includes footage of a priest who balances his niece on a sword as part of his magic routine.

Broadcaster releases series of ‘weird and wonderful’ videos dating back to 1960s

Jim Sheridan: his short film ‘11th Hour’ was screened in Dublin last Saturday. Photograph: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty

Scripted by journalist Lise Hand and starring Salma Hayek, ‘11th Hour’ is set on 9/11

Selina Cartmell said she was honoured to be given the opportunity of running the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The TCD graduate will succeed Michael Colgan, Ireland’s best-paid arts executive, in January

Campaigns to retain or get rid of the Eighth Amendment are well under way already on the streets. Photographs: The Irish Times

War of words and hashtags part of building awareness ahead of potential referendum

Bob Dylan in New York in 1963. Photograph: William C Eckenberg/The New York Times

Swedish Academy defends award for ‘poetic expressions within the American song tradition’

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: increases in funding for a range of arts and heritage bodies have been broadly welcomed, but the National Campaign for the Arts say Ireland’s expenditure on arts and culture is still the lowest in the EU. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Humphreys announces boost to range of bodies including €5m for Arts Council

Pat and Kathy Kenny arriving at the Irish Film and Television Academy awards (Iftas), being held at the DoubleTree by  Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Winning TV shows include ‘Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Trip’ and ‘The Day Henry Met’

‘All over the world, democratic institutions we thought were permanent and safe are under pressure from unbridled populism,’ says Robert Harris. Photograph: Norbert Millauer/AFP/Getty Images

Best selling author believes democratic institutions are under pressure from ‘unbridled populism’

Clergy, choir members  and the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, at St Michan’s Church at a Mass to mark the start of the Michelmas law term. Photograph: Collins

Name derived from red robes worn to symbolise Holy Spirit’s tongues of fire

Dublin Theatre Festival director Willie White and Oberon, played by Harry Jardin from the cast of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, at the launch of the festival, which runs from September 29th to October 16th. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Don Giovanni’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Seagull’ on the bill for 2016

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: “I go to lots of other cities and I meet many people who regard Dublin as a very successful city.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council allocates €1m this year from ‘very constrained economic situation’

08/09/2016-FEATURES-Hugh Linehan (centre) with, from  left, Tony Bates, Rory McNab, Broden Giambrone, Frankie Gaffney, John Leonard and Gerard Craughwell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

How to be a Man: In a new ‘Irish Times’ series, seven Irish men discuss the changing world around them

 HomePlace, a new arts and literary centre which will mark the life and work of Seamus Heaney, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, in Bellaghy, Co Derry

Family will open HomePlace dedicated to late poet next week in Bellaghy, Co Derry

Gay rights activists, including Peter Tatchell (second left), protest outside Uganda House in London in 2009. Mr Tatchell dedicated his acceptance to “the heroic LGBT campaigners . . . spearheading the fight for LGBT rights in Uganda.” Photograph: Reuters

Veteran campaigner honoured with James Joyce award and fellowship from UCD

 Siege of Jadotville  veterans Michael Tighe (left) and Tom Cunningham  arriving at the film premiere at the Savoy cinema in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Siege of Jadotville’ based on true events forgotten for many years, veteran says

Juggler Tony Mahon of the Dublin Circus Project performs in Dublin Castle on Culture Night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Hugh Linehan: A great chance for venues to get people in who have never been before

Oscar and Heather Barry from Cobh at the launch of the Culture Night Cork City Programme in Wandesford Quay Gallery. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Organisers ‘forging ahead’ with over 3,000 events scheduled for natiowide celebration

Dermot Morgan and Ardal O’Hanlon in  ‘Father Ted’,  which was first broadcast on  Channel 4

It is clear Ireland and Britain are totally different – except for our language, food, books, education, legal systems, humour and(...)

Animation Ireland members with some of their cartoon creations.

Employment in sector has increased to all-time high of 1,600 in Ireland

Director of the National Library of Ireland Sandra Collins: “With physical artefacts, it invokes the physical, emotional and spiritual in a way that digital can never do.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Five-year plan involves revamping building and connecting with a global audience

 In her new book, The Gardener and the Carpenter, the professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Alison Gopnik, lays out a stark “manifesto against parenting” as a pernicious concept which distorts the meaning of caring for children. File photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Prof Alison Gopnik says US parents encouraged to think of their children as products

Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick, who will front a brand new current affairs show on Wednesday nights,  pictured at TV3’s Autumn launch at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Broadcaster expanding Irish-produced output and looking to put dent in competitors’ ratings

Hector Ó hEochagáin at the launch of TG4’s autumn schedule at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: 1Image/Bryan Brophy

New programmes include a comedy-drama described as ‘Spinal Tap with a bodhrán’

WhatsApp has announced plans to share users’ phone numbers with its parent company Facebook. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Messaging service announces plans to share customers’ numbers with parent company

Rose of Tralee compere Dáithí Ó Sé with this year’s contestants. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Audience for RTÉ’s broadcast of the final has declined by 33% over the past six years

Dubliner Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown in his hugely popular sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys. Photograph: BBC/Alan Peebles

Mrs Brown’s Boys is voted Best Sitcom of the 21st Century by Radio Times readers

President Michael D Higgins offers condolences to Elizabeth (wife of late jazz guitarist Louis Stewart) during the latter’s funeral at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Greenhills, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Musician of international stature had played with greats including Benny Goodman

Kathryn Thomas, Claire Byrne, Ryan Tubridy and Miriam O’Callaghan at the launch of RTÉ’s new schedule in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TV schedule launch mixes razzmatazz with stern assertions of public service values

 Ryan Tubridy with Miriam O’Callaghan, Kathryn Thomas and Claire Byrne pictured at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season’s shows for RTÉ. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

New documentaries, entertainment and lifestyle shows announced at launch of TV season

Clones historian George Knight,  Monaghan county heritage officer Shirley Clerkin and Pat Treanor of  Fáilte, inspect the recently uncovered ruins of the Clones plantation castle that will be on public view for the first time during National Heritage Week. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick

People of Clones thought all that was left of the castle was subsurface remains

A visitor investigates what it would have been like to aim a Thompson submachine gun down the long tunnel at the grounds of the Casino at Marino in Dublin, where the weapons were test-fired during the War of Independence.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thompson submachine guns tested underground by leaders in War of Independence

Some members of the Irish hockey team – particularly those from an Ulster Protestant background – struggled with the words for Amhrán na bhFiann  ©INPHO/James Crombie

‘Shoving Connie around the field’ is no substitute for learning the real words in Irish

‘A Fair Day’ from ‘So near and so far’, an exhibition of photographic prints by world-renowned British photographer Martin Parr at Roscommon Arts Centre. Photograph: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s evocative images recall rural life at pivotal time of changing values

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on August 9th. Photograph: AP/Evan Vucci

If the traditional news cycle is dead, what replaces it?

 Culture Night 2016  launched its programme at the ArtBox Gallery as  ballerina Lisa Tighe, and  Brazilian Capoeira dancers, Frances Matthew and Larry Connolly performed.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Some 1,400 venues to throw open their doors to public

Clannad, pictured in 2011. Left to right: Moya Brennan, Pól Brennan, Pádraig Duggan, Ciarán Brennan, Noel Duggan.

Multi-instrumentalist was part of group from its early days in Donegal

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