Both sides involved in talks over the Abbey Theatre in Dublin have described a meeting tonight as "very positive."

A delegation from the theatre and a group representing signatories of a letter sent to them earlier this month, met in central Dublin. 

More than 400 theatre practitioners have now signed or supported the letter, which criticised the new direction the theatre has taken.

The group claims fewer in house productions, and the practice of presenting bought in or co-productions has had a significant impact on employment in the sector.

On receipt of the letter, the Abbey had promised to meet with those concerned, a promise it reiterated at a Dáil Committee meeting this week.

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Speaking at that Dáil committee meeting, Abbey co-director Neil Murray said there was no question of those who signed the letter being "blacklisted" by the theatre.

Following the meeting, playwright Jimmy Murphy said his colleagues now had clarity about how playwrights could go about getting their work on stage.

He said they were "very excited and very positive" about the "brighter future" he believed lay ahead.

Frances Ruane, the Chairperson of the Abbey Theatre board, described the meeting as "very productive" with people speaking "frankly and openly".

She said a formal statement would be issued in the coming days.