Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: Sinn Féin arts spokesman Peadar Tóibín accused her of building a paper wall between herself and the National Museum of Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

The National Museum of Ireland has been described as dysfunctional and hampered by 15 years of HR crises that have cost the State “massive money”. S(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching Creative Ireland: his speech included affirmation of the importance of culture in creating a successful, vibrant, cohesive society in a world where those values seem increasingly under threat. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Enda Kenny was 45 minutes late for his appointment in the National Gallery. “Not the first time Fine Gael has been late when it comes to culture,” gru(...)

Patrick Pearse’s surrender letter has attracted significant attention including calls for its retention within the State. Photograph: The Irish Times

A surrender letter written by Patrick Pearse in Easter Week 1916 looks set to leave Ireland after being withdrawn from auction in Dublin when bidding(...)

Adam’s Fine Art Auctioneers  director Stuart Cole  holding the historic Patrick Pearse surrender letter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Throughout this year, hundreds of items associated with the 1916 Rising have been sold at auction in Ireland and overseas, but the top lots are only n(...)

Eileen Gray coin. Picture Jason Clarke

Eileen Gray, the renowned Irish designer and architect, will become the first woman to be commemorated on an Irish coin. The Central Bank of Ireland(...)

The Houses of the Oireachtas will fund an area for use by the National Museum as a public exhibition space and funds will also be made available for the construction of a lift. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leinster House, the home of Dáil and Seanad Éireann, is the building most synonymous with politics in Ireland. Many who pass by its gates do not rea(...)

The  IS porringer (€4,600-€7,000)

A humble – and extremely rare – silver porridge bowl made in Dublin “at the time of Oliver Cromwell” has turned up for auction in England. Auctioneers(...)

National Museum of Ireland - earmarked as a temporary home for the Seanad

Uninspiring, lazy and wasteful. Three words to describe plans by an unreformed Seanad Éireann to grab for itself part of the National Museum of Irelan(...)

Would a more pragmatic, creative solution not be both less expensive and less destructive of the National Museum of Ireland’s capacities? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin, is one of our premier cultural heritage institutions. It is the treasure house of our nation(...)

 Counting down to a very ‘Gorey’ Halloween in Wexford is Tanya Tighe as Maleficent and woodland creature Brody Cullen (5). Photograph: Patrick Browne

Halloween and the half-term school holiday happily fuse to produce a frightful mix of family events throughout the country, each trying to out-pun the(...)

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