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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Art at work: Heather Humphreys in her office with a painting by Steven Mannion Farrell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Since the surprise appointment of Heather Humphreys as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in July’s Cabinet reshuffle, art-world luminar(...)

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

What do we know about Heather Humphreys, the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht? She knows about credit unions, she lives on a farm (...)

A street in central Galway. More than 500 participants, including 59 international artists, are participating in the third annual Fringe festival 1:48

Suns never set on festivals in Galway, with two gearing up to open even as the film fleadh draws to a close. Sculptor John Behan initiated the city’s (...)

Challenges ahead: Sheila Pratschke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In January of this year Sheila Pratschke took up a five-year appointment as chairwoman of the Arts Council. Before her appointment by Minister for the(...)

The Lookout, by Brian O’Doherty, at Charles Fort for Kinsale Arts Festival. Photograph: John Allen

The arts aren’t unique: everyone has seen cuts to funding, but as artists and arts organisations are told to raise more money from an already s(...)

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

Emblazoned across many of the capital’s buses are the words “The Abbey Theatre, living in the moment for 110 years”. It seems the Abbey is having anot(...)

Portraits by young artists: an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture, fabrics and graphics by children from Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

Our education system has been efficient, hardworking and effective in preparing workers for jobs. It has always tried hard to inculcate a proper sense(...)

Pat Boylan Chair of the Arts Council photographed in their office on Merrion Square. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

It was “vital,” no matter what the economic difficulties of the country, that emerging artists be supported financially by the State, the Taoiseach En(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan: “I'm really heartened by the positivity of artists towards this proposal.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Artists and arts organisations in receipt of taxpayers' money will be asked to give time to local schools. The public s(...)