Ambassador Byrne signs on as Washington DC dons the green
Taoiseach gives actor cultural role in the US
God be with the days when starving artists would go cap-in-hand to the Government looking for a bit of a dig-out. Now the creative boot is firmly on the other foot with the announcement yesterday that actor Gabriel Byrne has been appointed our very first cultural ambassador to the US.
Now it's the turn of the skint Government to tap into the star power of our actors and writers, and so the Taoiseach took a bit of time out from his round of meetings in Washington DC to unveil the new celebrity ambassador, His Excellency Gabriel Byrne.
The pair strolled across the hotel lawn in the warm afternoon sunshine, and Brian pronounced himself "very pleased" that the Golden Globe-winning actor had agreed to take on this new (non-paying) role.