Braiden to chair Arts Council

Olive Braiden has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Arts Council under the first Arts Act in 30 years.

Olive Braiden has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Arts Council under the first Arts Act in 30 years.

The former Director of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre will head the 13-person Council which includes the writer John McGahern, actress Rosemary Linehan and filmmaker/composer Philip King.

Other appointees include Noelle Campbell Sharpe, Willie Doherty, Theo Dorgan, Jerome Hynes, Orlaith McBride, Una Ó Murchú, Mary Nunan, Emer O'Kelly and Patrick Sutton.

The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue made the announcement at a ceremony at the National Concert Hall Dublin this morning.

Speaking at the launch Minister O'Donoghue said: "Olive Braiden has the skills, the experience, and the commitment, as well as a great personal enthusiasm for the arts, to be an outstanding Chair of the Arts Council, as well as an effective advocate for artists and the arts."

The first meeting of the new Council will be in early September.

Established in 1951, the Arts Council is the independent state body charged with the promotion and development of the arts in Ireland.

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