Frances Ruane

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The Abbey: Ireland’s national theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

IF THE ABBEY IS NOT A WORLD-CLASS THEATRE, IS NOT INTERESTED IN THE CANON OF IRISH DRAMA AND HAS BEEN WORSENING THE CONDITIONS MOST THEATRE PRACTIT(...)

Abbey Theatre: the letter of protest now has the support of 425 theatre workers. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The first substantial meeting between Abbey Theatre management and theatre professionals is set to take place this afternoon, following January’s unpr(...)

The Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

A frank discussion about the lack of Irish actors and productions in the Abbey Theatre has taken place between theatre management and a representative(...)

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 (...)

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards judges Paula Shields (centre), Catriona Crowe (second from right) and Ella Daly (far right) with, from far left, Gerard McNaughton and Ruth McCarthy of Tilestyle. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Abbey Theatre leads the way in nominations for the 22nd Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, which were announced today. Co-productions account for t(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Traffic on Dublin’s M50. Without proper regional planning, congestion in Dublin will get steadily worse Photograph: Alan Betson

The publication of the National Planning Framework is imminent and should be a landmark event for the country. It will be published on Friday alongsid(...)

The most frequently raised disincentive for people on a disability payment to taking up a job was fear of losing the medical card

A “substantial” increase in the amount a person with a disability may earn before losing the medical card has been promised by the Minister for Health(...)

Interior (1961), by Tony O’Malley, is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.

Most art collectors, sadly, never live to see the financial value of their life’s passion realised. But, happily – and rightly – most people buy art f(...)

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