Actor Ian Lloyd Anderson on stage at the Abbey Theatre with Tánaiste Joan Burton and director of the Abbey, Fiach Mac Conghail  at the announcement of the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Waking the Nation’ 2016 Programme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Abbey will “interrogate rather than celebrate” the legacy of the Easter Rising, its director Senator Fiach Mac Conghail said while announcing a pr(...)

Language talks: The 20-year Language Strategy committee was discussed a recent report by linguist Conchúr Ó Giollagáin which said that Irish may no longer be the daily language of any Gaeltacht area by 2025. Illustration: Thinkstock

The time for reports and talking is over and action is now required to prevent the spectre of Irish dying as a living language, an Oireachtas committ(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be “zero change” in spending on the arts as a result of Budget 2015, according to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltach t. The (...)

At the unveiling of their portraits in the Abbey  Theatre last night were (from left) playwrights Tom MacIntyre with artist Colin Davidson and Sebastian Barry with artist Mick O’Dea. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Abbey Theatre is seeking to raise more than €1 million a year, mostly from overseas donors, over the coming years. The Abbey is currently seeking (...)