The chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said   most committees were finding it very difficult to achieve a quorum. File photograph: The Irish Times

Poor attendance at Oireachtas committee meetings is forcing chairmen or women to “grab a TD or Senator” from another committee so as to start a meetin(...)

‘National reputation’: Richard III, staged by Druid, whose director, Garry Hynes, pointed out the arts’ contribution to Ireland’s standing

Arts funding should be restored to boom-era levels to compensate for the sector’s lack of resources, a new Oireachtas report suggests. The Arts Matte(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “The EU is born of a vision to end wars.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Bill to enshrine neutrality in the Constitution could affect Ireland’s ability to participate in UN missions, the Dáil has heard. Tánaiste Simon Co(...)

Sinn Fein’s Imelda Munster accused Shane Ross of being “incompetent” over controversial green card issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minster for Transport Shane Ross told Sinn Féin’s Imelda Munster she was “like a donkey in the last race at the last fence” unlike her “thoroughbred” (...)

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe: ‘I do not believe there will ever be a European army.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A Fine Gael former minister for defence has accused the Government of attempting to “join the big boys” on European defence projects in a “creepy craw(...)

Abbey directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a hell of a January for theatre people, with widespread recognition of low pay and often lousy conditions, as well as the lancing of the boil t(...)

Neil Murray, director of the Abbey Theatre: ‘Many of the people who signed that letter are friends. I see all of them as colleagues.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Abbey Theatre regrets “some within our artistic community” feel its change in production model “has contributed to their hardship”, an Oireachtas (...)

Sinn Féin defence spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh highlighted the case of one soldier who described himself as ‘on the verge of suicide’ because of his working hours, pay and lack of family time. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dáil has been told of the case of a member of the Defence Forces who was close to suicide over the amount of time away from his family on 24-hour (...)

A file photograph of the Abbey Theatre and Peacock Theatre on Abbey Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has not ruled out direct intervention in the dispute between the Abbey theatre and more than 300 artists over the(...)

The new Dáil term  gets under way on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brexit will dominate the new Dáil term, which gets under way on Tuesday, and the legislation linked to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Europe(...)

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