In Dublin’s Ivy Restaurant, the 12.5 per cent service charge has been used to part-pay contracted wages. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Bill to give waiters a legal right to keep tips reaches final stage in the Seanad this week

Game of Thrones: much of the series was filmed in Northern Ireland, where abortion is banned from the moment of conception. Photograph: Netflix

UK government agency responds to calls for entertainment-industry boycott of North

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Selina Cartmell unveils a new season featuring collaborations with Colm Tóibín, Stanley Townsend, Garry Hynes, Anu and Dead Centre

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Joyce DiDonato, Damon Albarn, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson in wide-ranging line-up

Amy Cahill: ‘Sometimes teachers jump to criticise something written by a student, instead of appreciating it.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw, for The Irish Times

16-year-old Amy Cahill – author of the story My Mammy Lives in a Box – on writing about suicide

Lobby of the Hendrick hotel, with James Earley’s rose windows

The hotel in Smithfield, Dublin 7 has more than 270 pieces of art across six storeys

Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Raphaela Mangan and Sarah Power, rehearsing before the launch of Irish National Opera’s new season. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish National Opera season to also feature new opera set in direct provision

The Old Post Office, Blackrock, Co Dublin, opens on Tuesday for dinner

First look: Sea of cool blues and greys in €1.6m refurbishment overlooking the sea

Abbey Theatre: A large meeting of the letter’s signatories was held at the weekend where frustration was  expressed at the slow progress of talks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘We have no confidence that our concerns are a priority for the current management’

Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

A year after his death, playwright Tom Murphy is being celebrated by actors keen to share their experience of working on his plays(...)

Galway International Arts Festival 2019: (top) Citysong, and 6Skin, by Alice Maher and Aideen Barry; (bottom) Still Life (Pieta) by Sam Jinks; Robert Plant; and from Sarah Hickson’s work in development

Druid and Irish National Opera premieres, plus Robert Plant and Burt Bacharach

Ballyhaunis Three: Seán Tighe, Bernie Waldron and John Devaney in New York. Photograph: @CBones705/Twitter

Twitter reunites phoneless Mayo men with their New York holiday photograph

Druid director: ‘New writing doesn’t just appear out of nowhere,’ Garry Hynes says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New writing ‘has to be nurtured and taken care of’, says artistic director Garry Hynes

The UCD Campus Bookshop. Photograph: UCD Library

Issues over length of license leads Hanna family to shut up shop after 41 years

Baby Sussex: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry show off their son at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Prince Archie’s mum – the baby’s name has been revealed – looks refreshingly natural

The Dalkey second World War ‘Éire’ sign renovated by Dalkey Tidy Towns. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Dogged detective work and a huge voluntary effort have brought a piece of history back to life

Abbey Theatre directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, who attended all meetings, along with their team. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Signatories of letter critical of theatre ‘delighted’ but highlight ‘outstanding issues’

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray of the National Theatre of Scotland who have been appinted as the new directors of the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company outlines efforts to improve communication after complaints from producers

Author Will Eaves, winner of the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize for Murmur, his novel inspired by the story of Alan Turing

Fictionalised story about the arrest, chemical castration and harrowing end of Turing ‘restores faith in human beings’, say judges

Arts Council of Ireland: Kevin Rafter succeeds Sheila Pratschke as chair of the agency

DCU communications head succeeds Sheila Pratschke at Government arts agency

 Lynn Scarff, director, National Museum of Ireland: ‘Ultimately the people own this national collection and should be able to pop by and check it out.’ Photograph: Julien Behal  Photography

For Lynn Scarff, its new director, choosing what to collect and preserve is crucial

Photograph: George Clerk/iStock/Getty

Tips can go to owners, payroll, Revenue, kitchen staff and maybe even your waiter

Explorium: defying gravity at  the sport and science centre in south Dublin

From bunnybots and egg hunts to classic board games and easy introductions to opera

Colm Tóibín: the novelist before his treatment for testicular cancer. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty

Step by painful step, the novelist has written about his diagnosis, agony and treatment

Caitríona McLaughlin won best director for Raftery’s Hill at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in the National Concert Hall on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Actors Janet Moran and Nyree Yergainharsian host 22nd Irish Times Theatre Awards at NCH

Bewley’s of Grafton Street: the facade of the landmark Dublin cafe

The landmark Dublin cafe has launched a guided tour to show off its artistic glories

Playwright Jimmy Murphy has called on the Abbey to look into ‘allegations’ and ‘difficult working conditions’ at the theatre.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Abbey believed to have received three letters of complaint by people formerly employed there

Come Out Ye Black and Tans: the rabble-rouser was sung by The Wolfe Tones. Photograph: Terry Thorp

It has been on Alan Partridge and a Brady’s ham ad. So what does the rebel song mean?

The house extension.

This 1990s home was spacious but dark. A well-designed extension changed all that

St Patrick’s Day: spectators at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

From Dublin's St Patrick’s Festival to Kilkenny Tradfest and a Co Wicklow slime lab

Brady Family Ham’s Black and Tans ad: the British oppressed us for 800 years, but we are so over that

The Father Ted director takes the mick with his version of a Wolfe Tones rabble-rouser

Abbey Theatre: the letter of protest now has the support of 425 theatre workers. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

First meeting to address concerns about national theatre to be held without mediator

Around 10,000 Irish people live in the UAE; around one-third of them are teachers. Photograph: iStock

Emigrants in Abu Dhabi on the benefits of no tax, and the dangers of falling into debt

The Big Day Out expands to three among the myriad of delights for the St Patrick’s Day weekend

Ikea’s manual offers a series of 20 “bedroom positions”.

A guide from the Swedish giant with headings such as ‘the beautiful behind’ aims to, ahem, shift bedroom furniture

Seahorse is a sharp and funny play about the anxiety of being a woman in modern Ireland.

Events big and offbeat call for gender balance and celebrate achievements

Raphael Duarte: “It’s a delicate situation. We don’t know how to approach the system.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brazilians protest in Dublin this weekend against a perceived increase in racial violence

 Rónán Mullen is one of the senators elected by NUI gradutes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It’s estimated only a quarter of NUI graduates vote for the Seanad, but it’s not that simple

 Running coach Mary Jennings with her husband John Fulham and their son Harry.  Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Mary Jennings started running with a few minutes at the end of a walk, but the exercise ended up completely changing her life

The Miami Showband, killed in a Troubles bomb in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

The Miami Showband Story tells of the rise and violent death of ‘the Beatles of Ireland’

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan and Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke at the announcement of investment in the arts for 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

State investment in the arts marked but Ireland remains below European average

Inishowen Carnival Group from Donegal at the St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Susan Kirby, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival, wants to expand the celebrations

Irish and British independent and smaller publishers pick some of their favourites

Indulge your love of old cinemas, or just leave messages for whoever you share your home with. Word board and letters, €9, Penneys

Plus, candles inspired by Provençe, wordplay by Penneys and cabinets as artwork

The portrait of Lady Emily FitzGerald was painted by Joshua Reynolds when she was 43.The painting originally hung in the dining room of Carton House, Co Kildare, and is now displayed in Castletown House, formerly home of another sister, Lady Louisa Conolly

Quite the life: grand houses, political networking, 22 children, two husbands. Now she’s back, to hang in Castletown House

A work by Claudie Biehne  in “Monumentality/Fragility” at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard and Kilkenny Castle

Home Front: what’s new in interiors, crafts and design

Abbey directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Here’s what the theatre and creative talent will talk about when they meet tonight

Neil Murray, director of the Abbey Theatre: ‘Many of the people who signed that letter are friends. I see all of them as colleagues.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Abbey’s chairwoman tells Oireachtas committee the theatre will ‘address concerns’

The Luke Kelly statue by Dublin artist Vera Klute is lowered into place on Sherrif Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Kelly

The works are unveiled on Wednesday, on north and south sides of the river Liffey

News anchors Keelin Shanley and Catriona Perry in the new TV news studio. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

RTÉ unveils €1.4 million revamp of news on the Six One and 9 o’clock bulletins

  Martin Hayes, Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan  and actress Denise Gough, opening the inaugural Culture Ireland Global Ireland 2025 Conference Photograph: Julien Behal

The issue of artists’ livelihood dominated a 250-strong gathering at Dublin Castle

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has  said it was not acceptable that Irish performance actors generally earn below the living wage. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Not acceptable’ that major national institution ‘apparently lacking in governance’

Film and theatre producer Arthur Lappin played a key role in producing the bid book which won Galway the European Capital of Culture designation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Producer played key role in bid that won Galway capital of culture designation

The Theatre Forum delegation on their way into Leinster House on Tuesday to present research on precarious employment in performing arts. From left, theatre artists Louise Lowe, Gary Keegan, Peter Daly (Theatre Forum chair), Anna Walsh (Theatre Forum director), Liv O’Donoghue, Peter Power, Shaun Dunne and Irma McLoughlin (Theatre Forum general manager)

Average weekly earnings of €494 for performers in the arts is two-thirds of the average in other sectors

Graham Linehan: ‘I’m not transphobic’

Petition calls on RTÉ to drop the writer from ‘Prime Time’ report on transgender issues

The Galway 2020  logo: Preparations have been dogged by funding problems and a number of high-profile departures.

Organisational difficulty ‘isn’t unusual in big city of culture projects’, new administrator says

Sarah Davis-Goff. Photo by Bríd Donovan

We asked some writers to tell us about their debuts ahead of their publication

Theatre Forum represents the Performing Arts. Photograph: Ste Murray

Cultural professions are characterised by low pay, poor conditions and precarious work, according to new research.

Peter Power: “I am better at what I do now than I have ever been, and yet 2019 holds for me less security than any year of my life.”

Ireland sends out its impoverished artists with a fanfare of glitter and we return home to poverty

Abbey Theatre: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray took over in January 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Directors apologise to Fiach Mac Conghail for ‘distress’ caused by €1.4m deficit claim

John Cleese on the main stage at the Pendulum Summit at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The comedian and actor on his pet hates and staying with the real Basil Fawlty

The Abbey Theatre Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

National theatre addresses letter detailing ‘deep concern’ from theatre professionals

Jane Brennan (right) in Druid’s ‘Richard III’, which played at the Abbey Theatre last year in 2018 Photograph: Robbie Jack

Short contracts: Actors Jane Brennan and Frank McCusker on the effect of the theatre’s new strategy

Abbey controversy: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, its joint directors, at the theatre just before they took over, in January 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over 300 actors and directors are dismayed by its new strategy. The Abbey has come out fighting

 Sally Rooney: youngest winner of Costa Novel Award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish novelist is one of five category winners and goes on to compete for Costa Book of the Year on January 29th

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National theatre’s new policy sees pay ‘fall 25%’ and overall employment ‘dry up’

In some areas, St Stephen’s Day is traditionally set aside for heading to the pub. Photograph: iStock

You can eat out in Ireland on December 26th, if you know where to look

Members of the Forever Young chorus  during their Christmas lunch with musical director Brendan Creagh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

This Dublin choir is challenging its members aged 65-85 with rock and punk

Owen Roe played the role of Frank Hardy in Faith Healer by Brian Friel, at the Gate theatre in 2010

‘His ability to freeze the elusive and contradictory essence in a physical gesture is the mark of a great actor’

A vote for a young maths teacher Eamon De Valera

It's the first time Edward Carson and Michael Collins will go head to head with Corrie

When the school play was staged in 2004 or 2005, the young actor already had a life’s worth of experience

O’Connell’s CBS has posted a video of the Irish film actor in a 2004/5 Christmas show

Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

The ending of the ban on women voting and standing for election is being celebrated across the country

Purple haze: The Custom House, North Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Council unveils Winter Lights Dublin City – a year in planning ... and a sight to behold

Blockbusters with Bob Holness. The show will return on Comedy Central with Dara O Briain as host.

As the classic quiz returns, hosted by Dara O Briain, we want to hear about your TV memories

Jessie Buckley with the Most Promising Newcomer award, during the 21st British Independent Film Awards in London. Photograph:  Matt Crossick, PA Wire

And Element Pictures scoop 10 prizes for ‘The Favourite’ at British Independent Film Awards

The original broadway cast of Come From Away.

‘I was crying so hard I had snot bubbles and was laughing at the same time’

Some staff at the Ivy are unhappy about an absence of clarity about how card tips – the majority – are handled. Photograph: Getty Images

Controversy over tipping at Dublin’s new Ivy restaurant exposes a knotted, opaque system

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Sculptural lighting illuminates Collins Barracks while a Celtic spa in Naas offers refuge

Tarana Burke: The Me Too founder at the TEDWomen conference in Palm Springs. Photograph: Marla Aufmuth/Ted

Campaign needs to focus on power and privilege imbalances, says Tarana Burke

Listening to the ‘Irish Times’ food writers is like eavesdropping on two seasoned bloggers

Lilly Higgins and Sorcha Hamilton discuss craft beer, destination breweries and no-alcohol brews

The Ivy Restaurant on Dawson Street in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Management accuses waiting staff of ‘deplorable greed’ for not sharing tips

Gwyneth Paltrow: is she serious? Photograph: Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

Already got Goop’s vagina eggs and coffee suppositories? Here’s its ultimate present

In the Irish Times Food Month podcast, Catherine Cleary shares her reviewing secrets

Richard Herring: “Equality works both ways”

The comedian is a crusader for the cause. Especially on International Women’s Day

International Men’s Day: the FAI, a White Ribbon ambassador, supports the campaign each year with a key match

Organisers say leading by example will ‘allow everyone the opportunity to prosper’

Dr Chloe Schwenke: I was fired from my job when I transitioned, and my marriage fell apart. Photograph: Mark Stedman

‘When you’ve heard one transgender story, you’ve heard one transgender story’

The funeral of  Sonny Knowles will take place in Dublin next week. Photograph: Collins

Musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant died aged 86

Sonny Knowles at the Olympia Theatre in 1988.  Photograph: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

The musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant has died aged 86

The  adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Photograph: AFP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

‘Warning! Never fly @AerLingus ... ALL of my bags were lost,’ adult film star complains

With global warming, what is the future of wine-making in Ireland?

World Wars 1, 2 and 3 by Cristina Sampaio: “This cartoon is obviously controversial in its assertion, but it has an impact that can’t be ignored,” says festival director Richard Chapman

Galway Cartoon Festival explores work inspired by the first World War armistice

Rathmines by Roger O’Reilly

Roger O’Reilly has produced a beautiful series of high-quality posters of Dublin villages

IVF: Michelle and Barack Obama in February. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

In her upcoming book 'Becoming' the former first lady also talks about a miscarriage that left her feeling a 'failure'

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin “left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the academy he founded”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pioneering musician had a ‘fearless sense of exploration’, says president

Tributes: the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

President said pioneering musician, composer and academic 'fearless sense of exploration'

Lauren Coe as Emma in Landmark Productions and The Everyman’s stage production of ‘Asking for It’ by Louise O’Neill. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Drama and performance can play a role in teasing out the grey areas of consent, and changing hearts and behaviour

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, RIAM director Deborah Kelleher, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and (front row) Cormac Mac Canna (10), Yikai Zhao (7), Sarah Brazil (10) and Charlotte Croke (11) during Thursday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Westland Row campus redevelopment involves €9m public funding and significant philanthropy

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

From Macnas parades and the Bram Stoker Festival to Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Stokerland is a free pop-up Victorian fun park over the weekend in St Patrick’s Park. Photograph: Olga Kuzmenko/

Fangs for the legacy as Dublin celebrates the creator of Dracula, the supernatural and Samhain

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