‘It’s hard to think of anyone better-equipped than Niall Doyle [above] to provide the advocacy that music and opera need in these straitened times.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

On the surface there’s not that much to get excited about. Niall Doyle, who formerly held top posts with Music Network, RTÉ’s music division and Op(...)

Harry Magee passes through hurling country on the 13.45 from Galway to Ennis. 4:08

Galway 1.45pm Platform nine and three quarters at Ceannt Station in Galway is not easy to find for the non-wizard classes.We have been standing on the(...)

The Supreme Court has reduced a €1.8 million libel award to communications consultant Monica Leech to €1.25 million. Photograph: Collins

The award for libel made to communications consultant Monica Leech has been cut by the Supreme Court to €1.25 million from €1.87 million.She was award(...)

The Elixir of Love is indicative of the scale of production the OTC would liketo do more of

In the 1980s, the Arts Council decided that Ireland needed to move beyond the kind of opera tours with piano that had been offered by Irish Nationa(...)

Monica Leech: her lawyers said the €1.87 million award should stand given the serious nature of the defamation. Photograph: Eric Luke

A €1.87 million libel award to communications consultant Monica Leech was so disproportionately high it should be set aside, the Supreme Court (...)

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Here, some key players in and observers of the 2004 smoking ban – including Micheál Martin, who was minister for health; Prof Luke Clancy, a leadin(...)

Ivor Callely’s political career had ground to a halt long before his conviction in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. But his guilty plea on charge(...)

Waterford city’s  famed Viking Triangle 1:05

Waterford bills itself as Ireland’s oldest city. Founded in 914 by Regnall, a Viking adventurer, whose name lives on in Reginald’s Tower, its g(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: left the National Concert Hall without a chair for a couple of months, and he has allowed the same situation to arise at the Arts Council. Photograph: Dave Meehan

You remember those terrible days and weeks when the last Fianna Fáil-led coalition floundered as if it were hell-bent on prompting someone to come up (...)

Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment speaks to media as Irish Water controversy continues. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

The case of Irish Water and its consultancy costs isn’t unique in the political context but this type of process controversy is the first to have affe(...)