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. (...)

At the Irish Film Board  announcement of its schedule and priorities for 2015 were (from left) actor Sarah Greene, actor Tara Lee, James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, and actor and screenwriter Amy Huberman. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A tale of love and music in the Dublin inner-city of the 1980s, a literary adaptation about 1950s emigration from rural Ireland, and the contemporary(...)

Sinead Cambell-Wallace in Alcina by the Opera Theatre Company which got a rise in funds from €640,000 to €680,000 for 2015. Photograph: Kip Carroll

The Arts Council funding allocations for 2015 have stability as their main focus. In this year’s allocations, just announced, most organisation(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and former taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the launch of Ireland 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 1:32

Relatives of those who fought in the Easter Rising will be invited to head a parade which will be main event of the Easter Rising centenary commemorat(...)

John McNulty’s abrupt appointment caused a major political controversy and gave rise to charges of political cronyism against Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys

Department of Arts officials were asked two days before John McNulty was appointed to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) which Stat(...)

Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

A spokeswoman for Minister Heather Humphreys said the department, the Heritage Council, the Crawford Gallery and other public bodies were offering “advice and assistance” to the Shellswell White family “in working towards a sustainable future for Bantry House”.

Next month’s sale of pictures and furniture at Bantry House in west Cork has been called off – officially because Scottish fine art auctioneers Lyo(...)

St Senan’s Hospital is used by the HSE for same-day respite care and administrative offices, though the interior is in urgent need of repair. Photograph: Mary Browne

Why is it of interest? St Senan’s Hospital is an impressive large-scale hospital built in the Italianate style as a county lunatic asylum in the mi(...)