Liam Fay: Elitist Aosdána made an exhibition of itself
Comedy is not an art form that is recognised by Aosdána but the membership of this smugly elite club of state-subsidised artists appears to abound with clowns.
The petulance and pomposity with which some of its greatest minds have reacted to legitimate questions about the organisation's value and purpose were even more revealing than any of the damning journalistic critiques which appeared in recent days. Dissent is supposed to be the stock-in-trade of artistic folk, yet when their own cosy consensus is challenged, many of our poets, painters and playwrights become shiftier and more evasive than a boardroomful of discredited financial regulators.
Last week's general assembly at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham provided Aosdána members with an ideal platform to make the case for themselves, a spotlit opportunity to respond to the recurring charges of secrecy, cronyism and conceit.