Full list of candidates With a smaller number of council seats and three town councils abolished, Offaly’s local election race will be hotly co(...)

Incoming chair of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke  was most recently the director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila Pratschke is to be the new chair of the Arts Council, as announced yesterday by Minster for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan. She succeeds Pat Moylan, w(...)

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 (...)

Heading for a cultural desert

The artist Robert Ballagh recently declared that the Government was one of the worst for the arts in the history of the State. The evidence that is st(...)

Pat Moylan, outgoing chair of the Arts Council, in the council’s offices on Dublin’s Merrion Square. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Moylan is in the unusual position of sitting at nearly all the seats at the artistic table. On the one hand, she is an expert on what theatre audi(...)

Wwriter Colm Toibin with James Ryan, director of the creative writing programme at UCD and Pat Moylan, chairman of the Arts Council at the Arts Council offices in Dublin today where a new award to honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer was announced. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

The Arts Council has established a new award to honour an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The Laureate for Irish Fiction is su(...)

Actor John Kavanagh at  the funeral of Susan Fitzgerald  at the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The actor Susan Fitzgerald, who died last Monday, had no fear of dying and had sympathised with the doctor who had to tell her she had little time lef(...)

 Late poet Seamus Heaney, above, has been described by  Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as a “very humble, modest man” who was “very accessible”.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney who died this morning. The pair have been friends for decades(...)

Fr John Heffernan blesses the ashes of actor Milo O’Shea as they are interred at a special ceremony for family and friends at Deansgrange Cemetery in Dublin yesterday. O’Shea died in New York last week. In attendance were his widow, actor Kitty Sullivan O’Shea (centre in brown coat), sons Colm (far right) and Steven (left with grey scarf) and other friends and family members. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Milo O’Shea’s ashes have been interred in Dublin following a simple prayer ceremony attended by some 50 of his closest family and friends. (...)