These activities reflect a climate of collaboration and co-operation between Ireland’s cultural and educational agencies

Exposure to, and participation in, the arts help to cultivate creativity, artistic appreciation, imaginative exploration, experimental initiative a(...)

 ‘Portrait of a bearded man’ by Rubens  - part of Beit collection, for auction at Christie’s London in July

The sale of Old Master paintings from Russborough House in Co Wicklow is “an absolute necessity” if the stately home is to remain open to the publi(...)

Minister of State with special responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is now working across three different Government departments. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Methadone maintenance is “not working” for a cohort of drug addicts, according to the newly appointed Minister of State with special responsibility fo(...)

Moore Street, Dublin. Some houses are scheduled for demolition to make way for a shopping centre. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 2:44

The Government wants Dublin City Council to protect buildings on Moore Street built after the 1916 Rising by adding them to the Record of Protected St(...)

David McCullagh and Keelin Shanley, pictured at Wynn’s Hotel using a sepia technique. The presenters will be among those introducing a series of talks. Photograph: Ray McManus

O’Connell Street will be closed to traffic on Easter Monday as RTÉ stages a celebration of everyday life 100 years ago, with the aid of hundreds of v(...)

Al-Mustapha Islamic Educational & Cultural Centre Ireland, Coolmine Industrial Estate, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eugene Langan

One day there was a knock on the door of Denis Byrne Architects in Dublin’s North Great George’s Street and Maggie Moran opened it to find a tall, (...)

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of the scientist led to the establishment of the taskforce on gender equality. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway (NUIG) has approved the full membership of its taskforce on gender equality, following last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling(...)

 A  note from the office of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys requested the Irish language be relegated to nearer the bottom of the list of principal themes  of the commemorations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Preparations for the much-criticised official launch of the 1916 commemoration programme in November were rushed, and were undertaken under considerab(...)

The new €3.57m West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. Photograph: West Cork Arts Centre

Lyrics from the Kate Bush classic Running up that Hill form part of the inaugural exhibit at Ireland’s newest art centre. Over the past 10 days, the W(...)

Galway harbour. The first phase of the proposed €126 million port expansion into south Galway Bay involves reclamation of almost 27 hectares of foreshore and seabed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State wildlife experts have “key outstanding concerns” about the implications of the Galway harbour expansion plan, an oral hearing has heard. (...)