Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys announced the nine projects to receive Arts Council funding for the 1916 commemorations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 4:05

Conflict and resolution are key themes in many of the nine arts projects selected as part of a €1 million investment by the Arts Council to commemorat(...)

Big in Japan: school meals are cooked on site from fresh ingredients. Photograph: Toshiyuki Aizawa/Bloomberg news

Slim Japan For occasional visitors to Ireland like myself, one of the more striking phenomena over the last two decades has been ballooning obe(...)

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(...)

Swap at the top: Cavan-Monaghan Fine Gael TD Heather Humphreys has preplaced Jimmy Deenihan as Minister for Arts. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It’s been a momentous few weeks for the arts. The Arts Council published its review of the Abbey Theatre by the consultants Bonnar Keenlyside. The (...)

An independent review has recommended that the Abbey Theatre place more emphasis on supporting new Irish writing and less on being a “cultural institu(...)

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(...)

Eoin Colfer: “I feel I am representing my family and my county and indeed all book people in Ireland, which is not something I mean to take lightly. I intend to spend my time spreading stories to every nook and cranny in the country.”   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Novelist Eoin Colfer has been named as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature. The former primary school teacher, bes(...)

‘A land of magical mists, sideways rain and copious Starbucks’ Dear (...)

Sheila Pratschke: the incoming chairwoman of the Arts Council told the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht she wanted to ensure such an incident would not happen again. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Arts Council is reviewing its conflict-of-interest procedures after the mother of one of its departmental heads was awarded a €16,500 grant fro(...)

Incoming head of the Arts Council is to be questioned over a grant awarded to the mother of the head of traditional arts at the organisation. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The incoming chairman of the Arts Council is to be questioned today on an internal review being carried out by the organisation after the mothe(...)