Irish tourism is facing more uncertainty after the US issued warnings about travel to parts of Italy and the French authorities closed the Louvre Museum in Paris over concerns for its staff catching the coronavirus from the hundreds of people streaming through its doors.
Combined impacts of sea-level rise, intensification of maritime transport, depletion of coastal ecosystems and deep-sea mining are the theme of a new exhibition planned for the Italian city of Venice which aims to change the dialogue about ocean environments.
An engineering expert who helped advise the Italian government on flood defences in Venice insists that the river Lee dams can protect Cork from river flooding without the need for "high walls".
Despite Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s weekend bullishness when he said that a record 2.3m people are at work and that the unemployment rate stands at 5% and continues to fall, today’s budget, one of the tightly choreographed melodramas of the political year, might be described as a cross between one of Venice’s masked balls and a dull episode of a TV blind date exploitation fest.
“A few million years,” is how long it would take to see the same combination of images in his work 77 Million Paintings, Brian Eno once said. The couches provided in the large upper gallery at the RHA, where the work has been installed, are comfortable enough for a durational experience, though perhaps not that durational.