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Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said the doubling of the programme is a ‘significant step’ towards the arts being a ‘lived experience for every child and young person in the country’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An initiative that sees artists work with children and young people will be rolled out to a further 150 schools across the country this year(...)

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

The chairwoman of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke on Thursday called for a separate Aosdána for the performing arts. Speaking at the council’s Dub(...)

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

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was St Patrick’s Day parade. (Even longer and longer ago, there was St Patrick himself, of course – or rather,(...)

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

It was a hell of a January for theatre people, with widespread recognition of low pay and often lousy conditions, as well as the lancing of the boil t(...)

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

The Abbey Theatre regrets “some within our artistic community” feel its change in production model “has contributed to their hardship”, an Oireachtas (...)

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

Governance of the Abbey Theatre is at the heart of the issues at the national theatre, Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has said. She tol(...)

Sponsorship of the Dublin International Film Festival ‘sits very nicely with our ambitions in TV’, says Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Dublin International Film Festival will be red on more than its carpets next month as Virgin Media Ireland begins its first year as title sponsor (...)

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

Galway 2020 has appointed a UK arts management company Artichoke to act as the troubled event’s creative director, filling a role that has been left v(...)

A scene from Pan Pan Theatre’s production of  Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

As part of its “Global Ireland” programme, the Government last week announced its intention to promote Irish arts and culture to “new audiences across(...)

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray may have tipped the balance too suddenly and too far. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A little over a week ago, I was invited to sign the “Letter of Concern” about the Abbey Theatre. I declined to do so. While some of the statistics in (...)

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