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Medb Ruane: The art of selling us short: can Gabriel really make a difference?

Who is Gabriel Byrne? As of this Paddy's week, the actor is Ireland's first cultural ambassador to the USA. You don't have to talk nice to him or call him 'Excellency,' unless you want to. Anyways, the job's honourary so he won't be paid.

Byrne looked more Dr Paul Weston (In Treatment) than Pat Bracken (old RTE series) as he stood with Brian Cowen in Washington and told the world that Irish artists had never let their country down.

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