While drinks companies and sporting bodies never made any secret of their disdain for any sponsorship ban, the FoI records point to a concerted push by a well-resourced and well-informed industry to bring its concerns directly into the heart of Government. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

The drinks industry engaged in a sustained effort to dissuade the Coalition from banning the sponsorship of major sporting events by drink companies, (...)

The  aim of the €6 million Limerick City of Culture project is to “permanently increase the engagement of citizens with arts and culture”, Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan told the Dáil last month.

The Government’s inaugural city of culture initiative is no stranger to controversy and confirmation yesterday that three key organisers have jumped s(...)