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 (...)

Willie Penrose: ‘I don’t bother with Twitter, Facebook or any of that nonsense.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Much has changed for our TDs when compared to their predecessors of years ago. Voters are now more demanding, cynical and are ruthless in consigning (...)

 Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A group of Fianna Fáil TDs, including members of Micheál Martin’s front bench, have said the party should be open to coalition with Sinn Féin. Their(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Denis Naughten TD said: “I have advised RTÉ of my position in the course of overall discussions on funding for the broadcaster.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has ruled out an increase in the TV licence fee from the current annual cost of €160. Earlier this month R(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with his constituency colleague and Fine Gael leadership contestant Simon Coveney in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Jim Coughlan.

Over the next year, politics will witness a generational change, not only in Fine Gael but also in Sinn Féin where Gerry Adams will finally stand down(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: Council had published its arts and disability policy 2012 to 2016 to address issues of equity, access and participation.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

The Arts Council is to update its arts and disability policy, Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys told the Dáil. She said this would be done in t(...)

Garda recruits during the passing out parade at the Garda College in Templemore earlier this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There are disparities in the number of new recruits assigned to different Garda divisions since recruitment resumed in Templemore, Co Tipperary, new f(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris says it is a priority for his department that pregnant women across Ireland be given access to 20-week scans regardless of their location.

Minister for Health Simon Harris says it is a priority for his department that pregnant women across Ireland be given access to 20-week scans regardle(...)

Niamh Smyth, Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on arts and heritage:  “I feel like I’m on a constant treadmill.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“My first election was to the council in 2009, and then in 2014. The general election was my first shot at the Dáil. It has been a long-term goal and (...)