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Transparency theory:  Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, addressing the Theatre of Memory symposium last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Imagine for a moment that the headline on the Irish Times news story about the Abbey had been “Panel endorses Abbey Theatre’s ‘world-class’ status”. (...)

Ulster Unionist mayor of Newtownabbey Borough Council Fraser Agnew said: “As the guardians of all that is right in society, we have got to take a stand somewhere - and that is what happened in this instance.” Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

A play in Northern Ireland has been cancelled after Christians claimed it was blasphemous.The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) was due to be(...)

Abbey Theatre: funding cut from €7.1 million to €6.5 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Abbey Theatre’s annual funding has been cut by €600,000, the Arts Council has revealed. The council, which has a budget of €56.9 million for 2014,(...)

The Abbey Theatre circa 1930. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Last Saturday, this newspaper published one of the more extraordinary articles about the Abbey Theatre, or indeed any theatre, that I have ever read. (...)

Heading for a cultural desert

The artist Robert Ballagh recently declared that the Government was one of the worst for the arts in the history of the State. The evidence that is st(...)

Maureen Kennelly, the director of Poetry Ireland: ‘I think the Irish public might be misled into thinking that some poets are earning vast amounts of money.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Poetry Ireland offices on Kildare Street are opposite the Dáil; conveniently located for any politician who may wish to drop in. So far, none have(...)

Pat Moylan, outgoing chair of the Arts Council, in the council’s offices on Dublin’s Merrion Square. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Moylan is in the unusual position of sitting at nearly all the seats at the artistic table. On the one hand, she is an expert on what theatre audi(...)

Valerie Bistany at the Irish Writers’ Centre: ‘The board’s vision is that we are for writers.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Writers’ Centre on Dublin’s Parnell Square, which opened in 1991, has had a troubled recent past. In 2008, it received €200,000 in annual fu(...)

Cultural disarray in Limerick

Limerick deserves better than the unseemly disarray and recrimination that now surrounds its designation as City of Culture. To lose an artistic direc(...)

Wwriter Colm Toibin with James Ryan, director of the creative writing programme at UCD and Pat Moylan, chairman of the Arts Council at the Arts Council offices in Dublin today where a new award to honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer was announced. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

The Arts Council has established a new award to honour an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The Laureate for Irish Fiction is su(...)

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