Abbey Theatre: the letter of protest now has the support of 425 theatre workers. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The first substantial meeting between Abbey Theatre management and theatre professionals is set to take place this afternoon, following January’s unpr(...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan and Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke at the announcement of investment in the arts for 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

The chairwoman of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke on Thursday called for a separate Aosdána for the performing arts. Speaking at the council’s Dub(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Magdalena Kozená

This year has been rich in turning points. There was the launch of Irish National Opera in January. March brought the news that David Agler, artistic (...)

Tributes: the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As news of the death of the pioneering composer and musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin spread today, tributes to his music and his influence flowed. Pre(...)

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has an extra €36 million in 2019, an increase of 12 per cent on 2018. Capital expenditure accoun(...)

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke,  Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Arts Council director Orlaigh McBride along with Irish artists and arts organisations at the Arts Council during the Minister visit.

Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan reaffirmed a commitment to the “arm’s length” funding of arts, when she visited the Arts Council on Monday as it ann(...)

Liam Ó Muirthile, photographed in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The death has been announced of the poet and writer Liam Ó Muirthile. Mr Ó Muirthile was born in Cork City in 1950. His first collection of poetry, (...)

Sheila Pratschke has now dealt with three ministers and has shown herself unafraid to wade into the fray when necessary. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

So is this a valedictory conversation we’re having, I ask Arts Council chair Sheila Pratschke as we sit down with coffee and biscuits in the council’s(...)

Catríona Crowe, Eleanor Methven, Peter Crowley, Phillip McMahon and Sheila Pratschke in discussion at Speak Up & Call It Out, at Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“As theatre artists we understand the complexity of human interactions. Our role is to explore relationships, to reflect society back to itself – and (...)

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