Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: Katherine Licken has “excellent experience across a wide range of policy areas”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Katherine Licken has been appointed as secretary general of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Ms Licken is cur(...)

The Alfred Beit Foundation estimates that up to €15 million will be needed to ensure the long-term survival of Russborough House in  Blessington, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

A further €500,000 has been secured for Russborough House following on from a €7 million fundraising drive by its minders, the Department of Arts and (...)

Former minister for arts John O’ Donoghue  emphasised the need for an ‘arm’s length’ between State and the arts. In th3e background is Frieze, by Fergus Martin and Anthony Hobbs, 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We will probably read and hear much about the scholar and revolutionary George Noble Plunkett in 2017. Appointed director of the National Museum in 19(...)

Howth RNLI chairman Russell Rafter (left) presenting station mechanic Ian Sheridan with 30-year service medal. Photograph: Noel Davidson

Leitrim County Council has awarded Ballinamore in Leitrim a grant of €100,000 as a result of a funding submission to assist in development of an angli(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the National Gallery of Ireland: “We can make Ireland the first country in the world to guarantee access for every child to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There was a broad welcome across the arts and culture sectors for the Government’s new five-year plan, Creative Ireland, which was launched by the Tao(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys:  Creative Ireland/Clár Éire Ildánach will promote culture and creativity across art forms and media over the next five years. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Every child in the country will be given the opportunity to develop their musical creativity and skills as part of an ambitious new five-year Governme(...)

Oireachtas members have agreed unanimously to hold a hearing on the prosed €8.6 million Mary Robinson Centre which is to house Ireland’s first presidential library.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Oireachtas members have agreed unanimously to hold a hearing on the prosed €8.6 million Mary Robinson Centre which is to house Ireland’s first preside(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Refom Paschal Donohoe gives his speech.

In making my first Estimates Statement to the Dáil, I am aware that my responsibility differs from that of my predecessor in his first year in Office.(...)

The proposed Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Former president Mary Robinson’s brother has yet to sign a deal to sell the family’s ancestral home in Ballina to house Ireland’s first presidential (...)

The minister paced the corridors of power as a civil servant waited patiently to brief him on urgent Dáil business. He was on his mobile phone to a c(...)

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