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

So is this a valedictory conversation we’re having, I ask Arts Council chair Sheila Pratschke as we sit down with coffee and biscuits in the council’s(...)

Public money has been used to build a bar, restaurant and cinema for a private company to make a profit, the Public Accounts Committee (Pac) has heard(...)

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Arts Council agreed to support an event organised by former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan despite warnings that such a move would not be “p(...)

The lowest spending was the Department of the Taoiseach, with €32,990 spent on six reports. Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost €38 million has been spent by Government departments on external consultancy reports since 2011, new figures reveal. A total of 911 reports be(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Ministers  Heather Humphreys and Josepha Madigan at Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made a number of minor changes to the Cabinet yesterday including the appointment of Simon Coveney as Tánaiste. Mr Varadkar wa(...)

The IFI reported incoming revenues of €3.45 million versus €3.14 million a year earlier

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) has warned it is struggling to deal with rising costs after slipping back into the red again, having returned to profit(...)

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

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys has announced a number of measures to address sexual harassment and abuse of power in the arts and culture sect(...)

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(...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

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

Tom Hickey isn’t entirely sure what a Cultural Trailblazer is, even though he is one himself. “It’s a name made up by an advertising agency, I suspect(...)

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