March of time: winter and summer clock changing may soon be a thing of the past.

Ready for 4am June dawns, 10ams in December and resetting at the Border?

Bernard Loughlin was the first director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

Bernard Loughlin ran artists’ retreat at Annaghmakerrig in Co Monaghan for 18 years

Warm relationship: Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July. Photograph: Doug Mills/NYT

In ‘House of Trump, House of Putin’ Craig Unger claims the US leader is a Russian agent

Aretha Franklin on The Andy Williams Show in 1969. Her influence can clearly be heard in successful contemporary acts such as Adele and Beyoncé. Photograph:   Getty Images

The singer (76), who has died at her Detroit home, made life-affirming soul music

The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

As always, Kilkenny’s strong musical tradition is paramount

A performance in  the Secret Garden at Butler House in Kilkenny last year. The Secret Garden series will take place twice daily at August’s festival. Photograph: Pat Moore

Opera version of the ‘Odyssey’ and an open-air Shakespeare production will run in August

Seeing Red, by Taffina Flood, on the shortlist for the 2018 RCSI Art Award, in association with The Irish Times and the RHA Annual Exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Award comes with prize of €5,000 and commission worth €10,000

Sheila Pratschke has now dealt with three ministers and has shown herself unafraid to wade into the fray when necessary. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘I’m the person who should speak out ... I did what I thought was right’

Project seeks subjects that ‘capture the zeitgeist’ of the country

Irish dancers at the 41st World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A poll reveals Ireland’s attitudes to the issue ahead of European Year of Cultural Heritage

The Abbey Theatre will receive €7 million for its 2018 programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Decisions on grants totalling €28.4 million made by council for 2018

Labour MP Anna Soubry: one of several MPs who have received violent threats on Twitter. Photograph:  Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

House of Commons committee cites violent threats against MPs on social media service

The worst shirt in the world, which is following Hugh Linehan around the internet.

The Worst Shirt in the World proves online algorithms are not as smart as we think

Built in 1959, Croke Villas in Dublin’s north inner city had been mostly vacant for the past decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

There’s a danger that quick-fix ‘solutions’ to the housing crisis will create new problems

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minster for Culture Josepha Madigan, and Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Youth and Sport at the inaugural Creative Ireland Forum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwell

Taoiseach reaffirms commitment to doubling expenditure on arts, culture and sport

Ireland should amend its defamation laws in order to strengthen protections for freedom of expression in the press, the board of the international representative body for newspapers has said.

Extraordinarily high damages threaten ’very existence’ of newspapers, WAN-IFRA says

  RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: ‘Respect for each other both within RTÉ and with those we work with externally is a very important value for me and for the organisation.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Director-general says employees should feel they work in ‘safe and supportive’ environment

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Josepha Madigan,  Richard Bruton and Paschal Donohoe at  St Laurence O’Toole’s Girls National school in  Seville Place, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Creative Youth’ plan to give every child access to cultural expression by 2022

Art and motion: Luas passed the Abbey Theatre.

What effect will the new line have on the arts and creativity in Dublin?

Orlaith McBride, the director of the Arts Council,  has told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht that she rejects an inference of conflict of interest . File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

McBride tells committee association with ex-Gate director ‘no different’ from others in arts world

During the US election, thousands of Russian-linked bots posted anti-Hillary Clinton tweets seconds apart in alphabetical order of their made-up names, according to a New York Times report. Photograph: Reuters

Government’s strategic communications unit targeted in Fianna Fail legislation

The words of Amhrán na bhFiann are displayed on a screen at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Questions about copyright raised by Senator following Paul Galvin Dunnes Stores ad

The report proposes transferring responsibility for collection of the TV licence fee from An Post to Revenue. Photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee calls for significant changes in funding of public service media

Orlaith McBride, director of the Arts Council: said she just wanted to set the record straight. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Council’s director questioned at committee about friendship with Michael Colgan

RTÉ:  Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast said Kieran Mulvey’s review failed to provide a clear gender profile of RTÉ, including the different types of employment contracts or a breakdown of part-time/full-time staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

Queen’s University Belfast academic says review fails to give clear RTÉ gender profile

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general, enters the courtroom in The Hague today to hear the verdict from the United Nations war crimes tribunal. He  was convicted of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Photograph:  Peter Dejong/Pool via New York Times

Two Bosnians living in Ireland react to Serb general’s conviction at UN court

Sarah McInerney was only shifted to her current Saturday 8am slot in August, when the Drivetime current affairs programme she co-presented with Chris Donoghue was axed to make way for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Maxwells

Presenter is latest in a spate of recent departures from radio group Communicorp

Al Porter resigned from Today FM after allegations of inappropriate behaviour

Video saying ‘Deal With It’ sent to comedian who says he was groped by Al Porter in 2014

Tech companies have focused on clamping down on politically motivated disinformation. Facebook has a label for “disputed” stories and has introduced some independent fact-checking processes.  Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

A lack of transparency enables external third parties to use social media to sway opinion

 Eleanor McEvoy, Steve Wall  and Victor Finn at the launch of a new report for the IMRO. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

IMRO calls for new EU legislation to ensure proper remuneration for music creators

SVP Christmas appeal: children from St Margaret’s National School, in Co Dublin,  perform at launch of the charity’s annual appeal by Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kieran Stafford of SVP rejects criticism of giving food to rough sleepers

Bob Geldof with Independent councillor Mannix Flynn  at Dublin City Hall where he returned his freedom of the city award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Musician defends keeping his knighthood, describing criticism as ‘typical Sinn Féin’

Kevin Dawson, who has died aged 57, ‘played a very important role in the development of public service media with RTÉ’

Dawson, who had a 35-year career in print and broadcast journalism, suffered from motor neurone disease

Students from Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Harry Sandys, Conor McCarthy, Catherine Orr, Alex Hogan and Aisling Adair, at Dublin’s Pearse Street Library for the announcement of major funding for public libraries, by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister adamant there will be no cuts in staff numbers due to out-of-hours technology

Paul Murphy: Solidarity TD had appealed initial decision to the Press Council on the grounds that new information had become available and there had been an error in the Ombudsman’s application of the principles of the code of practice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

TD had complained ‘Irish Times’ article by Miriam Lord an ‘inaccurate summation’ of Jobstown protest

Michael Colgan: allegations have been made by several women of bullying and inappropriate behaviour by the former director of the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gaye Cunningham will contact women who have spoken out about their experiences

Theatre-maker Grace Dyas called on those who were on the Gate Theatre’s board at the same time as Michael Colgan to step down. Photograph: Alan Betson

Humphreys aims to facilitate industry-wide consultation on abuse of power in arts

US-American historian Timothy Snyder:  Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin never acknowledge lies. “They don’t believe that there is actually a truth out there. [They] crowd factuality out of the public sphere . . . You call the journalists the liars and then it’s in that confusion that you govern.”  Photograph:Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images

Timothy Snyder traces our terrifying new totalitarianism to blurring of fact and fiction

Dr Conor Cruise O’Brien: minister in the 1973-1977 coalition government, an editor-in-chief of the ‘Observer’ in the 1980s and an elected unionist politician in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician, writer and diplomat discussed on centenary of his birth

The  Gate Theatre is to appoint an independent professional adviser to deal with allegations of sexual harassment

Varadkar backs Gate Theatre’s move to address sexual harassment claims

 Irish Times journalists won seven awards at the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards. From left: Patrick Freyne;  Ciara Kenny; Ruadhan Mac Cormaic;  Malachy Clerkin;  Conor Lally; David Labanyi and  Fintan O’Toole, Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Newspaper wins most 2017 NewsBrands Journalist of the Year awards of any title

RTÉ: An independent review has highlighted its need for a more transparent culture, a more streamlined grading structure, positive discrimination and widening the recruitment profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

NUJ criticises scope of review as ‘missed opportunity’ overlooking pay extremes

Rocky Ros Muc joins four other Irish films on the 170-long list.  Photograph: Getty Images.

Story of Connemara boxer becomes first Irish-language film to be considered for Academy Awards

Willie White of the Dublin Theatre Festival: asked whether he was aware of any similar allegations of abusive behaviour in the Irish theatre world, he said: “I simply don’t know.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Directors of Abbey and Gate and Druid among those committed to challenging ‘unacceptable behaviour’

RTÉ presenters  David McCullagh, Tommie Gorman, Ingrid Miley and Des Cahill at the launch at the National Library of Ireland of the RTÉ Archives – a major  collection  of RTÉ News coverage from 1985  to  1999.  Photograph: Sam Boal/

RTÉ focuses on 1985-1999 videotape era as primary focus of major digitisation project

 Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry will present RTÉ Six One News, starting in January

All the main news anchors on RTÉ One will be women following reshuffle

The cortege makes its way to the church followed by family and friends at the funeral of Eamonn Campbell. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Late musician’s favourite saying was ‘They won’t stop me singing till they put me in the ground’

Prison drama: inmates watch David Ganly in Sebastian Barry’s On Blueberry Hill at Mountjoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fishamble stages ‘On Blueberry Hill’ in ‘mansion by the Royal Canal’

Exterior of the Communicorp building, at Grand Canal Quay in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Authority confirms it is to request clarification from the radio group over the move

Mary Robinson: respondents’ most admired living Irish people, apart from their own family members,  were the former president, also Bono and Liam Neeson, followed by Gerry Adams and Conor McGregor. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Seven out of 10 surveyed said they would be interested in getting an Irish passport

Dr Ciara Kelly’s appointment means that Newstalk’s weekday roster is no longer exclusively male, an imbalance which has been the subject of criticism in the weeks since the controversy erupted over Hook’s comments.

New show, ‘Lunchtime Live’, will commence next Monday

Bill Clinton speaking at DCU, where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former US president decries nationalistic tendencies in a world that’s ‘back in the soup’

Stores closed on Dublin’s Grafton Street on Monday. The mood of the few people who are about seems to be of befuddlement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eerie quiet in city centre as shops close and Ophelia howls down empty Grafton Street

Press Council chair Seán Donlon: more than 50 per cent of Irish people now receive their news via social media, Mr Donlon told a meeting of the Association of European Journalists in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Press Council chair calls on Government to ‘get on’ with review of Defamation Act

This year’s awards span 25 categories, ranging from business and politics to showbiz and sport

Annual awards celebrate quality original journalism in national newspapers

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

Spending promises for arts fail to materialise in budget

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

Campaigners compare Taoiseach’s promise unfavourably with Justin Trudeau’s actions

Keelin Shanley will present live coverage  of the budget speech on RTÉ.

Removing cap on pensioners’ free TV licences on cash-strapped broadcaster’s wishlist

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

Ban imposed due to ‘vile comments’ in Fintan O’Toole column, says Communicorp chief

NUJ general secretary for Ireland Seamus Dooley said there was a  serious problem with media ownership in Ireland.

Seamus Dooley: a case of ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face’

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

Communicorp ban follows rejection of demand for Fintan O’Toole article to be retracted

Sean Rainbird, left, director of the National Gallery of Ireland with curators Maire Bourke and Brendan Rooney at the announcement of upcoming exhibitions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gallery on track to record one million visitors following successful Vermeer exhibition

The Abortion Rights Campaign after a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Ireland’s Big Decision’ examines the tensions that are evident as a referendum looms

Michael O’Leary with chairman David Bonderman and Kyran McLaughlin at Ryanair’s agm. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Ryanair chief says the airline will win back people’s faith, and pilots do not want to be unionised

 Museum manager Niall Bergin looks over the last stages of the installation of new exhibition Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. The exhibition charts the use of hunger striking in Irish political culture during pivotal moments in our history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New exhibition in Kilmainham Gaol tells the story from Thomas Ashe to Bobby Sands

Liz Harper from Dublin visiting the Grand Lodge room at the Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth Street, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson

It started small, but this year it will take in more than 3,000 events across Ireland

New co-hosts Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates

Matt Cooper takes the lead on questions, with Ivan Yates confining himself to asides

George Hook: Newstalk suspended the radio host after his comments about rape. Photograph: Newstalk

Newstalk, ‘haemorrhaging money’, has called time on its biggest star

Newstalk tweeted just after 9am on Friday that George Hook had been suspended from all duties and that the process arising from his comments last week about rape and responsibility would continue. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Decision to suspend presenter followed intense discussions

George Hook photographed in Newstalk’s studios in 2003. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Presenters came and went at Newstalk, but Hook has remained ever-present

Broadcaster George Hook in his Newstalk studio

Newstalk sends Tweet announcing Hook suspension

Dil Wickremasinghe: ‘I was appalled and disgusted by the comments made by George Hook.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fellow Newstalk presenter goes off-air in protest at rape remarks

The Rileys – survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cobh, Co Cork. Meet Annie and Edward Riley, and their twins, Sutcliffe and Ethel. Photograph: AH Poole

Members of the public helped unpick the National Library’s image collection on Flickr

George Hook.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Programme producers are told not to use 'Irish Times' journalists as contributors

A number of staff at Newstalk have signed a letter calling on management at the station to remove broadcaster George Hook from its airwaves. File photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Radio station’s employees sign letter denouncing broadcaster after rape comments

George Hook: I should never have made the comments

Hook asked: ‘Is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?’

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In 2011, a disastrous broadcast nearly killed it. How has the RTÉ show survived for 25 years?

Some 76 per cent of respondents in the arts survey had attended a cinema within the previous 12 months, while  17 per cent had been to a  theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Higher percentage of the population attends arts events in Dublin but regions close behind, an Arts Council report has found

RTÉ presenter  Bryan Dobson  will continue to be a key presenter for its television coverage of special State events including the forthcoming budget after he moves to Morning Ireland. Photograph:    Donall Farmer

RTÉ presenter will leave ‘Six One News’ programme at end of October after 21 years

Aosdána Saoi: Tom Murphy wears his torc after receiving it from President Michael D Higgins. Photograph:

New Aosdána Saoi described as the ‘great playwright of the emigrant’

Peadar Lamb  who died on Friday at the age of 87 appeared in hundreds of theatrical productions. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Long career on stage and screen recalled at funeral of actor who died aged 87

Bank of Ireland said 99 per cent of customers never used the Irish-language facility. Photograph: Getty Images

Bank of Ireland has dropped the Irish language from ATMs. Níl Éamon Ó Cuív sásta

 Hermi Wildenboer is pictured  with her daughters Mia and Lulu and husband Louis at the ‘Vikings’ auditions in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There was no shortage of facial hair at this year’s auditions for extras for the TV drama

A minimum payout of $230m for Floyd Mayweather and $70m for Conor McGregor looks assured. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Amazon and other tech companies starting to buy up rights to major events

Karl Duke, Shauna Murphy and Rhys Murphy at Bro’s cafe in Crumlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In the brash fighter’s old stomping ground, many locals think the bookies have it wrong

New Season photo session at Donnybrook from left Mairead Ronan, Ryan Tubridy, Amy Huberman, Daniel O Donnell, Ray D’Arcy, Jennifer Zamparelli. and Lorraine Barry at the launch of RTÉ’s new season programming .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The broadcaster is the station’s most highly-paid presenter earning €495k in 2015

Former residents of 14 Henrietta Street: Jane Lynch, John Horrigan and Peter Brannigan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New Henrietta Street museum brings Dublin tenements of the past vividly back to life

Padraic Creedon of Global Action Plan with, from left, Rosanna Drewilieu (7) from Killester, Dublin, Michael O’Brien (5) from Edenderry, Co Offaly and his sister Hannah (3) on the look-out for the natural heritage of Dublin’s Bull Island for National Heritage Week 2017.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

Jewish history is one of many themes to be explored at events throughout the country

Co-writer and star Emmet Kirwan gets in character on the set of Dublin Oldschool, currently filming in the capital.

Emmet Kirwan and Dave Tynan are shooting a low-budget film in Dublin's crowded city centre

Dáithí Ó Sé with Rose of Tralee contestants during a photocall at Malahide Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dáithí Ó Sé to host his eighth contest, but 65 hopefuls will be cut to 32 before TV coverage

Saint Laurence’s Gate is part of the original medieval Drogheda town wall, less than 10 per cent of which survives. Photograph: David Sleator

Saint Laurence’s Gate changes come into effect Friday to mark start of Heritage Week

Trees lining the roadway at Fairview Park, which are earmarked for felling by Dublin City Council to make way for a cycle path. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The idea that the area should be protected from change is a symptom of chronic nimbyism

Stephanie Stammschroer at the Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The 144th such event is a mellow, intergenerational day out for lovers of all things equine

Danielle McGovern says she received no answer when she attempted to ask Ryanair staff why she was permitted to travel on one flight but not the previous one. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

‘I was distraught, my family were distraught, the passengers on the plane were outraged’

Jedward celebrates 25 years of the National Lottery. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Celebrating 30 years of making dreams come true

’Can or should the traditional Irish one-size-fits-all approach of building sprawling estates of three-bed semis survive?’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: CSO’s latest findings suggest pressure is growing on a broken system

Data from Census 2016 shows there were 1,218,370 families in the State in   April 2016. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Census 2016 figures suggest young people are finding it harder to buy or rent property

The unspoken assumption is that there are just more talented broadcasters to be found among men than women. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Analysis: how will the national broadcaster address its gender pay issue?

The construction of the Esplanada dos Ministerios on the Monumental Axis in Brasilia, Brazil, circa 1959:  these days the whole “new city” concept seems a bit archaic, a retro-futurist dream of modernist optimism. Photograph: Harvey Meston/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Behind talk of regional hubs and a choked-up Dublin is the failure of Irish urban planning

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