Last Pillar Standing: Will Artists Be Ireland's Salvation?
With so many pillars of Irish society - the Church, the banks, the Fianna Fail government, the "Celtic Tiger" mystique - having crumbled, the country's artists are, as filmmaker Neil Jordan says, "the one element of Irish life that hadn't let people down. We hadn't betrayed people." (And the new government knows it.) The Independent (UK) 07/15/11