A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

The Monk from the Beit Collection, which was granted an export licence and shipped to London, but apparently rejected by Christie’s auctioneers.

Doubts have been expressed about the authenticity of one of the three paintings by Rubens from the Alfred Beit Collection at Russborough House. In Ma(...)

One of four adjoining, spacious lightboxes that form an extensive arena in My Mind’s I by Janet Mullarney

My Mind’s I – Janet Mullarney Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda *****   There’s a fleet-footed, magic realist character to Janet Mu(...)

A cultural highlight: Tens of thousands people turned out to watch Royal de Luxe’s Grandmother crossing Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

The biggest event of Limerick’s year as National City of Culture had 250,000 people watching a giant granny move about a city, as she captivated he(...)

Dublin-born artist Duncan Campbell  after winning the prestigious Turner Prize, presented by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, at the Tate Britain Gallery in London tonight. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell has won the Turner Prize for a film which uses the image of an IRA man shot by the Parachute Regiment that later ado(...)

Tights Department, Dublin’s first boutique specialising in legwear is the initiative of Katie McDonnell, a fashion graduate of Limerick School of Ar(...)

 Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, at home in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey are having a moment: they have just been awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal – one of world architecture’s top prizes, (...)

Ddetail of the blaze at the Glasgow School of Art Charles Rennie Mackintosh Building.  Photograph: Chris Watt/Getty Images

A salvage operation was carried out through the night as fire crews worked to “save everything that can be saved” after flames engulfed a world-fam(...)

Flames can be seen rising from the Glasgow School of Art. Photograph: Charlie Anderson/@bubblegumhyde/Twitter

Firefighters are tackling a major blaze at an historic building of one of Europe’s leading art schools.The fire at Glasgow School of Art’s Charles Ren(...)

A model shows a creation by Irish designer Sharon Wauchob as part of her new women’s collection, shown in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

On the second day of Paris Fashion Week, Sharon Wauchob, the only Irish designer on the Paris catwalks, sent out a stellar collection yesterday(...)