The Indo Daily: Gabriel Byrne, the Gathering tourism drive, and a whole lot of drama
In 2013 Ireland, a time when 'austerity', 'negative equity', and the Troika were part of our lexicon, a €13m tourism initiative was rolled out. The Indo Daily finds out why it upset Hollywood star, Gabriel Byrne, among others, and asks on its 10th anniversary if it was a success or 'scam', and how plans are in a place to give the controversial event another outing. Host: Siobhán Maguire. Guest: Philip Ryan
Ireland in the run up to 2013 was a difficult place economically. So, government and tourism bosses decided a €13m tourism initiative earmarked at the Irish American diaspora could give the whole country a bit of a lift.
But the drive wasn't to everyone's liking with some wondering how such sums could be spent at such a financially difficult time while others embraced a year-long effort to revive our tourism trade.
On today's Indo Daily, presenter Siobhán Maguire is joined by Irish Independent political editor, Philip Ryan, to find out why it upset Hollywood star, Gabriel Byrne, among others, and asks on its 10th anniversary if it was a success or 'scam'?
But we also find out how government are already planning the event's successor.