Stores closed on Dublin’s Grafton Street on Monday. The mood of the few people who are about seems to be of befuddlement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eerie quiet in city centre as shops close and Ophelia howls down empty Grafton Street

Press Council chair Seán Donlon: more than 50 per cent of Irish people now receive their news via social media, Mr Donlon told a meeting of the Association of European Journalists in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Press Council chair calls on Government to ‘get on’ with review of Defamation Act

This year’s awards span 25 categories, ranging from business and politics to showbiz and sport

Annual awards celebrate quality original journalism in national newspapers

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Spending promises for arts fail to materialise in budget

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Laura Hutton/File/Collins

Campaigners compare Taoiseach’s promise unfavourably with Justin Trudeau’s actions

Keelin Shanley will present live coverage  of the budget speech on RTÉ.

Removing cap on pensioners’ free TV licences on cash-strapped broadcaster’s wishlist

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

Ban imposed due to ‘vile comments’ in Fintan O’Toole column, says Communicorp chief

NUJ general secretary for Ireland Seamus Dooley said there was a  serious problem with media ownership in Ireland.

Seamus Dooley: a case of ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face’

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

Communicorp ban follows rejection of demand for Fintan O’Toole article to be retracted

Sean Rainbird, left, director of the National Gallery of Ireland with curators Maire Bourke and Brendan Rooney at the announcement of upcoming exhibitions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gallery on track to record one million visitors following successful Vermeer exhibition

The Abortion Rights Campaign after a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Ireland’s Big Decision’ examines the tensions that are evident as a referendum looms

Michael O’Leary with chairman David Bonderman and Kyran McLaughlin at Ryanair’s agm. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Ryanair chief says the airline will win back people’s faith, and pilots do not want to be unionised

 Museum manager Niall Bergin looks over the last stages of the installation of new exhibition Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. The exhibition charts the use of hunger striking in Irish political culture during pivotal moments in our history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New exhibition in Kilmainham Gaol tells the story from Thomas Ashe to Bobby Sands

Liz Harper from Dublin visiting the Grand Lodge room at the Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth Street, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson

It started small, but this year it will take in more than 3,000 events across Ireland

New co-hosts Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates

Matt Cooper takes the lead on questions, with Ivan Yates confining himself to asides

George Hook: Newstalk suspended the radio host after his comments about rape. Photograph: Newstalk

Newstalk, ‘haemorrhaging money’, has called time on its biggest star

Newstalk tweeted just after 9am on Friday that George Hook had been suspended from all duties and that the process arising from his comments last week about rape and responsibility would continue. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Decision to suspend presenter followed intense discussions

George Hook photographed in Newstalk’s studios in 2003. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Presenters came and went at Newstalk, but Hook has remained ever-present

Broadcaster George Hook in his Newstalk studio

Newstalk sends Tweet announcing Hook suspension

Dil Wickremasinghe: ‘I was appalled and disgusted by the comments made by George Hook.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fellow Newstalk presenter goes off-air in protest at rape remarks

The Rileys – survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cobh, Co Cork. Meet Annie and Edward Riley, and their twins, Sutcliffe and Ethel. Photograph: AH Poole

Members of the public helped unpick the National Library’s image collection on Flickr

George Hook.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Programme producers are told not to use 'Irish Times' journalists as contributors

A number of staff at Newstalk have signed a letter calling on management at the station to remove broadcaster George Hook from its airwaves. File photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Radio station’s employees sign letter denouncing broadcaster after rape comments

George Hook: I should never have made the comments

Hook asked: ‘Is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?’

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In 2011, a disastrous broadcast nearly killed it. How has the RTÉ show survived for 25 years?

Some 76 per cent of respondents in the arts survey had attended a cinema within the previous 12 months, while  17 per cent had been to a  theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Higher percentage of the population attends arts events in Dublin but regions close behind, an Arts Council report has found

RTÉ presenter  Bryan Dobson  will continue to be a key presenter for its television coverage of special State events including the forthcoming budget after he moves to Morning Ireland. Photograph:    Donall Farmer

RTÉ presenter will leave ‘Six One News’ programme at end of October after 21 years

Aosdána Saoi: Tom Murphy wears his torc after receiving it from President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: maxwellphotography.ie

New Aosdána Saoi described as the ‘great playwright of the emigrant’

Peadar Lamb  who died on Friday at the age of 87 appeared in hundreds of theatrical productions. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Long career on stage and screen recalled at funeral of actor who died aged 87

Bank of Ireland said 99 per cent of customers never used the Irish-language facility. Photograph: Getty Images

Bank of Ireland has dropped the Irish language from ATMs. Níl Éamon Ó Cuív sásta

 Hermi Wildenboer is pictured  with her daughters Mia and Lulu and husband Louis at the ‘Vikings’ auditions in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There was no shortage of facial hair at this year’s auditions for extras for the TV drama

A minimum payout of $230m for Floyd Mayweather and $70m for Conor McGregor looks assured. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Amazon and other tech companies starting to buy up rights to major events

Karl Duke, Shauna Murphy and Rhys Murphy at Bro’s cafe in Crumlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In the brash fighter’s old stomping ground, many locals think the bookies have it wrong

New Season photo session at Donnybrook from left Mairead Ronan, Ryan Tubridy, Amy Huberman, Daniel O Donnell, Ray D’Arcy, Jennifer Zamparelli. and Lorraine Barry at the launch of RTÉ’s new season programming .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The broadcaster is the station’s most highly-paid presenter earning €495k in 2015

Former residents of 14 Henrietta Street: Jane Lynch, John Horrigan and Peter Brannigan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New Henrietta Street museum brings Dublin tenements of the past vividly back to life

Padraic Creedon of Global Action Plan with, from left, Rosanna Drewilieu (7) from Killester, Dublin, Michael O’Brien (5) from Edenderry, Co Offaly and his sister Hannah (3) on the look-out for the natural heritage of Dublin’s Bull Island for National Heritage Week 2017.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

Jewish history is one of many themes to be explored at events throughout the country

Co-writer and star Emmet Kirwan gets in character on the set of Dublin Oldschool, currently filming in the capital.

Emmet Kirwan and Dave Tynan are shooting a low-budget film in Dublin's crowded city centre

Dáithí Ó Sé with Rose of Tralee contestants during a photocall at Malahide Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dáithí Ó Sé to host his eighth contest, but 65 hopefuls will be cut to 32 before TV coverage

Saint Laurence’s Gate is part of the original medieval Drogheda town wall, less than 10 per cent of which survives. Photograph: David Sleator

Saint Laurence’s Gate changes come into effect Friday to mark start of Heritage Week

Trees lining the roadway at Fairview Park, which are earmarked for felling by Dublin City Council to make way for a cycle path. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The idea that the area should be protected from change is a symptom of chronic nimbyism

Stephanie Stammschroer at the Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The 144th such event is a mellow, intergenerational day out for lovers of all things equine

Danielle McGovern says she received no answer when she attempted to ask Ryanair staff why she was permitted to travel on one flight but not the previous one. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

‘I was distraught, my family were distraught, the passengers on the plane were outraged’

Jedward celebrates 25 years of the National Lottery. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Celebrating 30 years of making dreams come true

’Can or should the traditional Irish one-size-fits-all approach of building sprawling estates of three-bed semis survive?’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: CSO’s latest findings suggest pressure is growing on a broken system

Data from Census 2016 shows there were 1,218,370 families in the State in   April 2016. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Census 2016 figures suggest young people are finding it harder to buy or rent property

The unspoken assumption is that there are just more talented broadcasters to be found among men than women. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Analysis: how will the national broadcaster address its gender pay issue?

The construction of the Esplanada dos Ministerios on the Monumental Axis in Brasilia, Brazil, circa 1959:  these days the whole “new city” concept seems a bit archaic, a retro-futurist dream of modernist optimism. Photograph: Harvey Meston/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Behind talk of regional hubs and a choked-up Dublin is the failure of Irish urban planning

Heather Humphreys presented a draft version of her proposed new  cultural framework policy in August 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Oireachtas arts committee shows production of bureaucratic jargon is alive and vibrant

A report by an Oireachtas committee has said the State should  invest 0.6 per cent of GDP in the arts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee recommends new legislation and extra funding for the arts

“Print circulation and advertising slip further every year, with little realistic prospect that digital revenues will make up the shortfall in the visible future.”

Threat to public-interest journalism from market decline raises issue of State support

Helen’s Tower, Bangor, Co Down, one of the Landmark Trust’s properties,  is nestled deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate. Photograph: Courtesy of Landmark Trust

The trust turns lighthouses, towers, gate lodges and castles into unique holiday rentals

23 per cent of people said The Irish Times was their top source of online news

Willingness to pay increases marginally, with younger people most likely to do so

Artist Claus Havemann, who doanted his painting Irish Eyes to the National Library, is photographed by his daughter Krestine Havemann at the library on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National Library of Ireland officially accepts donaion from Claus Havemann

The Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Digital Heritage Collections has details of sites ranging from the Bronze Age village of Ballybrowney in Co Cork to a Tudor burial discovered outside Trinity College Dublin during excavations for the Luas Cross City. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 1,500 sites excavated during road and rail building now freely available online

A photo of Ann Louise Gilligan (left) with  her wife Katherine Zappone displayed as part of a booklet for Dr Gilligan’s wake at An Cosán, Jobstown, Dublin. Credit: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Many tributes paid to educationalist, philosopher and activist at her wake in Jobstown

Cycling to work had the largest percentage increase of any form of transport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Commuters still heavily reliant on private cars to get to work and school

Early risers were identified by the Taoiseach in campaign for the Fine Gael leadership

Census data shows what time people get up at in the morning across Ireland

Mia Gallagher: the novelist signed on the dole a number of times in the 1990s, between periods of full-time employment. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Writer Mia Gallagher welcomes artists’ trial eligibility for jobseeker’s allowance

Social media are not subject to regulation. Photograph: Istock

Ombudsman cannot hear complaint as website not a member of Press Council

Selina Cartmell, director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin. In Cartmell’s new 12-month season, 83 per cent of the productions will be directed by women. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

Culture Shock: The bigger the Arts Council funding, the greater the inequality

Liam Neeson photographed in London  at a film screening in September 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Long wait yet to see what star might look like as an old man - judging by his youthful visage

Pictured at the report's launch were researchers (L-R) Dr Tanya Dean, Dr Brenda Donohue, Dr Ciara O'Dowd and Ciara Murphy. Photograph: Kate Horgan

New research commissioned by Waking The Feminists shows theatre companies with biggest state subsidy have worst gender record

 Leo Varadkar: So many prominent roles are filled by openly gay and lesbian people   that many forget such a situation would have been unthinkable a generation ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar will become the fourth openly gay head of government in modern European history

Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,  acknowledged the grief in the community of Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Report on young people’s views on the future shows need to acknowledge both good and bad aspects of north inner city life

Sliced pan: Darina Allen’s not a fan

Claim over unbalanced discussion of Israel-Palestine conflict also dismissed

Donald Trump attends ‘All Star Celebrity Apprentice’ event at Trump Tower in 2013 in New York. Photograph Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

It’s startling how closely the Story of Trump is like a binge-worthy TV drama

Facebook is coming under increasing pressure in several countries to introduce speedier and more transparent moderation policies.

Analysis: Monasterevin incident shows the specific dangers of digital amplification

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

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