President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, now 74 years old, is more than half way through his seven-year term, which began in November 2011. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has not ruled out running for a second term in office. Speaking in San Francisco, California on Sunday, the President said(...)

Hastings Railway Station by Walter Frederick Osborne: sold for £62,500 at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s much-anticipated Irish art sale in London on Wednesday afternoon didn’t quite live up to expectations, with 26 of the 71 lots remaining unso(...)

Detail from Japanese Switzerland, by Sir John Lavery, which is  being sold by its private owner and is estimated at £300,000- £500,000

A selection of important Irish paintings due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s “Irish Sale” in London later this month is on view, for the last time in Ire(...)

Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell with his son Blake and daughter Alexandra. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The family of retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell, the Gorse Hill one, were in court again this week. The official overseeing his bankruptcy secured per(...)

Hastings Railway Station, by Walter Frederick Osborne, has a top estimate of £100,000/€136,000 at the Sotheby’s Irish Sale next month

Paintings worth more than €1 million that have been on loan to Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery and Limerick’s Hunt Museum have been taken off public displ(...)

Portrait of Vivian Hugh Smith by Sir William Orpen, which he painted in 1919

Orpen’s portraits of early 20th century London “high-society” ladies can sell for hundreds of thousands of euro – and more – at auction. But his portr(...)

James O’Halloran of Adam’s fine art auctioneers: “When I get into a house to do an insurance valuation, it is not unusual to see a really expensive painting above an inexpensive Ikea item.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the country’s leading furniture and fine art specialists, James O’Halloran considers himself fortunate that, as a lad fresh out of college at 2(...)

Nude Girl Reading by William Orpen will be among the Irish paintings Sotheby’s will auction this autumn in its reinstated Irish Sale

Sotheby’s has signalled confidence in the Irish art market by announcing the relaunch of dedicated Irish art sales in London this autumn. The interna(...)

‘Horse Fair at Goresbridge’, an oil on canvas by Peter Curling is estimated at €20,000-€25,000 at de Vere’s auction

After successful sales at Adam’s and Whyte’s, the last of the “big three” summer art auctions in Dublin takes place on Bloomsday at de Veres. Viewing (...)

Detail from a portrait of British actress Gladys Cooper by Sir William Orpen which made €175,000, the top price paid for a painting at auction this year

Whyte’s auctioneers said Monday night’s Important Irish Art auction at the RDS – where 85 per cent of lots sold – had produced the company’s “best res(...)