Paul Allen: Gabriel Byrne has totally missed the point about The Gathering
Damned if we do, and damned if we don’t. That must have been the though running through Enda Kenny’s mind as his ears were stung from Gabriel Byrne’s tongue-lashing.
The Hollywood star lambasted King Kenny and the Government’s marketing centrepiece for the tourism industry next year, The Gathering, which aims to bring an extra 325,000 visitors to Ireland.
Rubbing even more salt into the wounds was the news that The Gathering had actually part-funded Today FM’s Last Word programme’s visit to New York on which actor Gabriel Byrne lambasted the tourism initiative as a “sham”. From Byrne’s perspective it was probably tantamount to shooting a man with his own gun.