Josepha Madigan

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Danny Healy Rae: insists he’s got nothing against winged creatures. Or hedges.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Healy-Rae corner. An interesting contribution from Danny at a recent meeting of the Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht select committee, where there has(...)

Josepha Madigan: faced questions on the Boaden report in the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There has not been much light cast on the future of RTÉ’s orchestras since the publication of the Boaden review last month. However, Minister for Cult(...)

 The Natural History Museum: the €85 million investment is part of a 15-year cultural plan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The National Museum of Ireland is the custodian of “four million objects, give or take a million, depending on how you count insects and postage stamp(...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said the third Sunday in May was chosen to take account of other State commemorations in May including the Arbour Hill and Daniel O’Connell commemorations.

The third Sunday in May has been formally designated as the national commemoration day to officially mark the Famine. Minister for Culture Josepha Ma(...)

Leo Varadkar:  moved to reassure women whose smear tests returned a negative result that they should not worry that those results may not be accurate. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Taoiseach fell prey to an accidental doughnut during Leaders’ Questions. It was probably just a coincidence. Although some would say it was 100 (...)

The gathering heard that abortion would not be allowed “in any circumstances” once the foetus reaches viability.

The proposed abortion law in Ireland which will come in if the Eighth Amendment is repealed will be much more restrictive than the law in Britain, a l(...)

Helen Boaden’s report outlines how RTÉ’s orchestras have been constrained and left ‘demoralised’ by budget cuts. Photograph: Conor McCabe

For big, damning reads on how Ireland truly regards the production of culture, look no further than the report by former BBC director of radio Helen B(...)

It was a remarkable achievement that, in the early lean years of the State, the genesis of our national orchestra became a priority within Radio Eireann, precursor of today’s RTÉ. Photograph: Mark Stedman

There is a certain lack of harmony between the recent announcement of State investment of almost €80 million towards the redevelopment of the National(...)

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: RTÉ

Decisions on the future of the RTÉ orchestras are expected to be made within the next few weeks, according to Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan. (...)

John Wilson, principal of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ is so financially straitened that it cannot restructure its finances and fund two orchestras at the same time, a report has concluded. The revi(...)

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