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Crash Ensemble celebrated its 20th birthday with 20 commissions which, through its CrashLands project, it brought to rural locations that it has identified as both ‘unusual’ and ‘iconic’

Just in case you missed it, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has weighed in on the controversy about cutbacks at RTÉ’s orchestras. He was put on the spot by a D(...)

Humphreys said it was deeply worrying that Michael Colgan, above, could have been “so misguided in respect of what he felt were his freedoms to interact with the women who came forward”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys declined to be drawn on the apology by the former director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan, at the weekend (...)

The Gate has set up a confidential email address for anyone who wishes to communicate concerns about experiences they had.

An external inquiry should be established into allegations of sexual harassment and bullying by former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan, Fianna Fá(...)

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(...)

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