‘Head of a Dominican Monk’ by Rubens from the Russborough House collection

The Government has welcomed the emergence of “white knights” willing to buy paintings from Russborough House that were due to be auctioned at Chris(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:23

The trust that runs Russborough House has said it approached the Government twice in 2013 seeking support and highlighting the need to sell some Beit (...)

Venus and Jupiter, by Peter Paul Rubens. The painting is one of the pieces from the Beit collection that is to be sold in order to raise funds for Russborough house. The trust that runs the house has refused a request by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to cancel or delay the sale of valuable paintings.

The trust that runs Russborough House in Co Wicklow has refused a request by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to cancel or delay the sale of valuab(...)

The Skelligs, Co Kerry: Department of Transport wants to shorten ferry season.  Photograph: David Sleator

Boats ferrying visitors to the famed Skellig Michael pilgrimage island off the Co Kerry coast are having their season unlawfully shortened, it has bee(...)

Detail from Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s Venus and Jupiter, oil on oak panel, which is to be sold by the Alfred Beit Foundation to raise funds for the upkeep of the house. The old master artwork has been estimated to sell at £1.2 million to £1.8 million.

The custodians of valuable paintings due to be sold in London have been urged not to “rush ahead” as Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys (...)

Computer-generated image of the proposed Parnell Square cultural quarter.  It is hoped the development will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Georgian square and surrounding streets

The €60 million redevelopment of Dublin’s Parnell Square is finally to get under way following the agreement of a major land swap deal between the cit(...)

William Butler Yeats: the poet bought Thoor Ballylee in 1916. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

The 16th-century Hiberno-Norman tower house once owned by the poet WB Yeats will reopen this summer after the donation of €30,000 by an Irish-American(...)

 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court  Mrs Susan Denham in court: she wrote ‘a number of members of the court have fallen ill . . .  and I believe that the cold temperatures have been a factor in this.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

The Chief Justice warned she would have to cancel court sittings earlier this year because it was so cold in the Supreme Court as a result of a faulty(...)

The works are likely to see the Seanad moving for much of 2017, while also closing off the majority of the original Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil and Seanad could be temporarily moved out of Leinster House to allow for substantial renovations and building maintenance which may take up (...)