Arts funding: a shallow gesture

Before becoming Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar made a commitment to double expenditure on the arts. This raised great expectations. It could be claimed that (...)

The Coalition parties “see the arts as an occasionally useful platform but have no fundamental regard or feeling for them at all,” Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on arts Niamh Smyth claimed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has been accused of having a “fundamental attitude of disrespect” to the arts. The Coalition parties “see the arts as an occasionally (...)

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Laura Hutton/File/Collins

There is “huge disappointment” across the arts sector at its 2018 budget allocation, the chair of the Arts Council has said. Sheila Pratschke said t(...)

The National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021, launched last week by Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys, contains many welcome aspirations. Env(...)

The live GAA experience should be sold to a ‘nontraditional’ audience in Britain, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce says

GAA matches should be marketed to British tourists as part of greater efforts to attract “culturally curious” visitors to Ireland, the British Irish C(...)

A National Biodiversity Action Plan for the period 2017-2021 was launched by Ciaran O’Keeffe, Prof Yvonne Buckley, Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys TD and Matthew Jebb at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

More than 90 per cent of Ireland’s protected habitats, such as grasslands and peatlands, are in “bad or inadequate condition”, according to a major bi(...)

 Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys is due to launch the 2017-2021 National Biodiversity Action on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government’s new biodiversity action plan “lacks aspiration, focus and strategy”, according to a leading environmental lobby group. The 2017-2021(...)

The Famine Warhouse 1848,  a commemorative visitor centre run by the OPW, outside Ballingarry in Co Tipperary.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has said the best way to remember those who died in Ireland’s Great Famine of the 1840s is to help their “modern-day equivalents” by wel(...)

Prof Foster said the teaching of Irish history is in an “excellent place” as evidenced by the commemorations of 2016. Photograph: Ianthe Ruthven

For close on half a century Prof Roy Foster has been one of the most significant figures in Irish academia. He is the author of the two volume serie(...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)