‘Green Party leader Eamon Ryan had to execute an inelegant swerve after telling RTÉ that vaccine passes were a bad idea for reasons of social cohesion.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At this stage of the pandemic we know certain things about the Irish approach to the challenge: it’s at the more conservative end of the spectrum; it (...)

A grant scheme for outdoor dining infrastructure is being worked on by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with local authorities at eight urban locations across the country. File  Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government is encouraging local authorities to develop outdoor arts, cultural, and festival areas in preparation for the easing of Covid-19 restri(...)

From jigsaws to art from your fridge, the mental health benefits of make-and-do in the time of Covid, writes Gemma Tipton Towards the end of Nov(...)

Abbey Theatre directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray: Calling on the Government to “look again at the reopening of theatres both in light of our readiness and for the mental health and wellbeing of theatre-goers”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish theatre community has called on the Government to reconsider its plans to keep theatres closed, with the decision to keep them shut being de(...)

The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The tourism sector faces a “rapid acceleration” in insolvencies after Christmas as the impact of the pandemic continues to place severe pressure on bu(...)

MEAI has already warned that things are so bad for some in the industry that they are having to sell off their instruments.

A group representing some of Ireland’s best known musicians has posted a video online calling for the Government to restore the pandemic unemployment (...)

Minister for Media,  Arts, Culture and Sport Catherine Martin: Did she sanity-check Government decisions or was she even consulted? Photograph: Daniel MacDonald

When Catherine Martin was appointed Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht seven weeks ago, scepticism was expressed in s(...)

Fans look on from outside the ground during the Waterford SHC quarter-final, at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, on Sunday, before new restrictions on attendance. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The GAA, like other sports bodies, is trying to finalise the impact of this week’s coronavirus restrictions by the Government on their activities. Tha(...)

Catherine Martin, newly appointed Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht, receives her seal of office from President Michael D Higgins in June. Photograph: Maxwells

How on earth can you be Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht? As a coalition of briefs within a coalition Government, u(...)

Green Party deputy leader  Catherine Martin was appointed as Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that what most people think of as the Department of Arts has changed its name again. The Department of Cult(...)

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