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Sean fleming

The Public Accounts Committee has called for a new cost-benefit analysis to be completed before the signing of a contract for the €5 billion National (...)

Percussionist Colin Currie

Normally, the bread-and-butter programming of Great Music in Irish Houses comes mostly from the core classical repertoire. Last week, the 49th ed(...)

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s assessment criticises in-year increases to budgets, for example health. File photograph: Getty

The Government breached post-financial crisis spending rules last year, with budget increases leaving the State running the risk “of repeating the mis(...)

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Artists from Joyce DiDonato to Damon Albarn and residencies by Philip Glass and Barry Douglas will feature over the next 12 months at the National Con(...)

Radiohead: the band have given Wooden Elephant the okay to record their version of Kid A

At the turn of the last decade, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork hailed Radiohead’s Kid A as the greatest album of the 2000s. On its release, Kid A was wid(...)

Work continues at the site of the new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Where can a sick hospital go? The first ailment the new National Children’s Hospital has to deal with is a very unusual one. It is altitude sicknes(...)

Bam Construction:  Courtesy of deals with the State, or State-backed firms, schools, courthouses, roads, tunnels, medical facilities and even sewerage schemes have supplemented the firm’s steady flow of work. Photograph: Tom Honan

In its 2011 financial accounts, Bam Contractors noted glumly that it had been another “difficult” year, where pricings for contracts in Ireland stayed(...)

Construction site of the national children’s hospital: its costs are soaring but the Government appears to learn  from  such mistakes. Photograph: Tom Honan

Whatever happens now, the new national children’s hospital will cost the State a fortune, vastly more than anyone thought when they were making decisi(...)

Bill Frisell: the most unlikely of guitar heroes

There is a famous story about the great Irish jazz guitarist Louis Stewart, who died in 2016. A modest man whose deadpan sense of humour was as sharp (...)

Kate Ellis: Sraith is a lonely and absorbing meditation for cello and electronics where  Ellis  in effect duets with herself, partnered by the notes she has already played and which then are manipulated by a sound engineer

“Just beyond the confines of Western tuning” is how composer Barry O’Halpin (b. 1987) neatly describes one aspect of his piece grave goods for solo el(...)

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