It has been announced that Paul Mercier and Siobhán Bourke are joining the Board of the Abbey Theatre.

They replace Bernard Farrell and John McColgan, who have retired from the Board.

Announcing the new appointments, the Chair of the Abbey, Eithne Healy, said: "Paul and Siobhán each bring to the Board deep knowledge of and passion for theatre. Their complementary expertise in writing, directing, production and management will be great assets in this period of major change at the Abbey."

Award-winning playwright Mercier is a founding member and Artistic Director of Passion Machine theatre company and is currently directing the feature film adaptation of his play 'Studs', starring Brendan Gleeson.

Film producer Bourke is a founding member and former executive producer of Rough Magic Theatre Company and the founder and co-producer of the resource organisation Theatre Shop. She is currently Cultural Cinema Adviser to the Arts Council.