Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Laura Hutton/File/Collins

There is “huge disappointment” across the arts sector at its 2018 budget allocation, the chair of the Arts Council has said. Sheila Pratschke said t(...)

 Fergus Sheil speaking after picking up the best opera award at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, for The Barber of Seville by Wide Open Opera. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is to get a new opera company that will present its first productions in 2018. The company will be created through merging two existing opera(...)

Sheila Pratschke, chair of the Arts Council.

Aosdána has welcomed the decision of the Arts Council to withdraw a discussion document that proposed wide-ranging changes to Aosdána, including how i(...)

Theo Dorgan, pictured,  said Anthony Cronin was a man with a great heart who had sacrificed a certain amount of reputation by sitting down with the “political machines’’ in setting up Aosdána to help writers and artists. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The privately kind man was highlighted in many of the tributes paid to Anthony Cronin yesterday. Poet Michael O’Loughlin said Cronin’s death threw (...)

Poet, novelist and critic  Anthony Cronin has died aged 88. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The Irish poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin has died. He was 88. Cronin was one of the best known cultural commentators in Ireland over the l(...)

John Montague who has died at the age of 87

The President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to the poet, John Montague, who has died in France, aged 87. He died early on Saturday morning in th(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: increases in funding for a range of arts and heritage bodies have been broadly welcomed, but the National Campaign for the Arts say Ireland’s expenditure on arts and culture is still the lowest in the EU. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

There has been a broad welcome from cultural organisations for provisions announced by the Minister for Arts, Heather Humphreys, including increases i(...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The board of the Arts Council has received approval from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys to offer a new contract (...)

Nora Hickey M’Sichili: “Paris is a very international city. I’m Irish, my husband is Zambian, so for me it was very healthy.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Parisian taxi drivers smile when you say that you’re from Ireland and want to go to Rue des Irlandais, a quiet street just behind the Panthéon in the (...)