Kevin Rafter

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Pillow Queens: playing the Other Voices virtual event

The country begins opening up again next week, but the immediate future of the arts and entertainment sectors remains shrouded in uncertainty. Museums(...)

Composer Eric Sweeney who died aged 72 on Tuesday. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Tributes have been paid to composer Eric Sweeney who died aged 72 on Tuesday. Speaking on Wednesday, Arts Council chairman Prof Kevin Rafter said he (...)

Dublin-born journalist EJ Dillon was regarded as an authority on the politics and culture of the Russian Empire. Photograph: Library of Congress/Public Domain

Late in his era-spanning career, the Irish journalist EJ Dillon would write about the day in December 1890 when he walked through a Russian forest wit(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Covid-19 stopped the event going ahead as planned for the first time in its 43-year-history. Photograph :Andrew Downes/xposure

Significant additional funding for the arts will be required in 2021 to address the extreme challenges the sector faces in the wake of the coronavirus(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  said that the Government acknowledged that some of the equipment was different that health workers were used to. Photograph: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said the Government will continue to source alternative personal protection equipment (PPE) for health worker(...)

 Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan: the Arts Council must seek her consent to dispose of or acquire property and “the council has not applied for such consent”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concerns have been raised that the Arts Council did not follow Government financial guidelines when it made a business case for moving to a new premis(...)

 Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan boasted that the overall increase in her department’s budget “at a time of prudent budgetary management reflects the government’s commitment in supporting Irish arts and artists”, but  artists might see it otherwise. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On the day that the new chairman of the Arts Council, Kevin Rafter, in an interview in this newspaper, expressed his hope of a 10 per cent funding ris(...)

Leo Varadkar at U2’s Croke Park concert in 2017: artists and performers still haven’t found what they’re looking for from the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke

The rule of 72 is a method used in finance to roughly calculate the annual percentage increase needed to double a sum of money within a set time. It t(...)

Arts Council chairman Kevin Rafter: welcomed the increase in its budget. File photograph: Alan Betson

The National Campaign for the Arts has said it is “devastated” by Budget 2020 and feels that the sector is being left behind again. The body, which r(...)

Most cultural boards are unpaid, and the best you can hope for are some half-decent biscuits. Photograph: iStock

As the cliche goes: if you like being on committees, you shouldn’t be on committees; but the first time I was asked to go on the board of a cultural i(...)

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