Spoiled for priorities: Heather Humphreys receives her seal of office from the President. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Andi Schnellman from Schnellertollemeier at 12 Points

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The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble
Review: 12 Points day three
  • Music
  • April 13, 2014, 16:00

Alexander Hawkins; Herd Trio; Violet Spin; Marcin Masecki; Alarmist; The More Socially Relevant Jazz Mus(...)

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Minister for Arts: Jimmy Deenihan would be more exercised by the turf cutters in Kilteevan than the funded arts sector. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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