Artist Robert Ballagh speaking at Arbour Hill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Preparations are underway for major centenary events as an alternative to the State’s plans to commemorate the 1916 Rising.The separate proposals inc(...)

Artist and chairman of the Ireland Institute has welcomed the Government’s Rising centenary  plans but said that he will not attend  next year’s GPO parade due to ‘conscientious objections’. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Robert Ballagh has said he is delighted with the Government’s announcement of 1916 commemorative events for next year, and believes lessons have been (...)

Cormac Breatnach, “I went from a situation of being relatively innocent to feeling under siege.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Cormac Breatnach has the long, slender fingers of a flute player. He is a tall, mild mannered and soft spoken man; a thoughtful artist with a gentle d(...)

 President Michael D Higgins giving the opening address at Aosdana General Assembly in The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A 40 per cent cut in funding to Irish arts in recent years was an illustration of the “peripheral” place they occupy in Irish society, President Micha(...)

Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has launched an alternative Easter Rising programme to the State events for next year’s centenary commemorations. Sinn Féin President Gerry (...)

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We often find ourselves looking at art on a screen, but to see a painting in reality is a different experience. And, amazingly, it’s free. Our nationa(...)

Eamon de Valera under arrest in Richmond Barracks, Dublin after the 1916 Rising.

A citizen’s initiative which has the backing of artists, union members and academics says modern Ireland can be revitalised by the tenets of the 1916 (...)

Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit said ‘The Irish Times’ poll reflected the reality that people had rejected Alan Kelly’s so-called concessions on water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Right 2 Water campaign has predicted tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of Dublin on December 10th to protest against water char(...)

Detail from Martin Gale’s  painting, ‘Inside Turlough Hill 2014’, one of a series of works commissioned by the ESB

There’s a curve in the road as you drive towards Dublin from Ballymore Eustace, the Co Kildare village where Martin Gale, one of Ireland’s leading (...)

Colour bomber: Brian O’Doherty. Photograph: George Tatge

Brian O’Doherty is a curious man. He was a leading conceptual artist in 1960s New York, and his painting and sculpture are held by the Irish Museum of(...)