The appointees replace four outgoing members and the late deputy chair of the Arts Council, Jerome Hynes, who died suddenly in September 2005.
The new members are: actor Alan Stanford; musician and communications consultant Aibhlín McCrann; art collector and businessman Maurice Foley, who will also act as deputy chair; Galway Arts Festival manager John Crumlish; and artist Jaki Irvine.
Those stepping down are Brú Ború arts centre artistic director Una Ó Murchú; Gaiety School of Acting director Patrick Sutton; critic Emer O’Kelly; and artist Willie Doherty. Olive Braiden stays on as chair.
Filmmaker and musician Philip King was reappointed. Other members staying on are: Noelle Campbell Sharp, Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat director; Theo Dorgan, poet; Rosaleen Linehan, actress; Orlaith McBride, National Association of Youth Drama director; John McGahern, writer; and Mary Nunan, choreographer and dancer.
The appointments are for a five-year period and each member receives €5,078.95 annually for their services, plus expenses.
The board meets on a monthly basis and advises the Arts Council on funding and policy decisions, as well as offering advice to the Government on arts-related matters. Members may also participate in sub-committees relating to the arts.
The annual budget of the Arts Council stands at €72.31 million.