Emer O'Kelly: For art's sake, we must not pander to politicians
The Arts Council, the government body for the promotion of the arts, is 60 years old. The Taoiseach acknowledged what would seem to be the importance of the occasion by launching an exhibition of visual arts works from the council's own collection.
The current chair of the council, Pat Moylan, explained the exhibition as celebrating the fact that "primary amongst the [aims and achievements] of the council have been the support of artists in the production of their work, and opportunities for the public to see and experience art".
The arts really mattered to us in Ireland, she added. "They unite our communities in good times and bad, and they help to define us as a people."