Culture Night 2021 at Collins Barracks. Cultural institutions should be used as spaces  where arts and culture are going on continually, a committee has heard. Photograph: Maxwells

Available information on museums which are independently operated is “severely lacking”, an Oireachtas committee has been told. More than two-thirds(...)

Mary Plunkett, education officer, at a Wharfedale printing press in the National Print Museum in Beggars Bush, Dublin: Museum staff are preparing to reopen its doors on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Families have been advised to maintain social distancing and to wear masks when meeting after Covid-19 restrictions are eased next week. The so-call(...)

There are more than 200 museums on the island of Ireland, attracting eight million visitors each year and directly employing 1,500 staff and 1,000 full-time volunteers. Photograph: Getty Images

The Cabinet is to discuss proposals this week for a basic income scheme for the arts and culture sector. A three-year pilot of a universal basic inco(...)

 Sean Scully pieces at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: the gallery has seen increases of up to 300 per cent across its various social media channels during the crisis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

I like to see art on my own. It’s a solitary pleasure, just me and the painting or the object. I find it difficult to put any thoughts into words unti(...)

Virginia Teehan: ‘Now the profile of our heritage needs to be more prominent at a time of conflicting resources’

Virginia Teehan is “so happy for myself”. This might apply to her appointment as the new chief executive officer (CEO) for the Heritage Council on the(...)

Art handlers prepare Aran 2005, a selection of black and white photographs which were part of an exhibition by artist Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Museums Survey 2016, which was published in December, aims to provide an overview of the state of museums in Ireland north and south of the (...)

Biased: national collections give context only to a certain type of work by a certain group of artists. Photograph: EPA

Museums can be comforting places – if you happen to be middle class, male and white. The traditional model of the museum offers a sense of standing at(...)