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Debate over the merits of The Gathering continues

The fallout over Gabriel Byrne’s comments about The Gathering initiative being an artifice and a “scam” continues today. Here’s a round-up of the coverage and debate in The Irish Times newspaper and online.

Gabriel Byrne: called The Gathering a "scam" that shakes down returning emigrants

Wed, Nov 7, 2012, 11:38

   

The fallout over Gabriel Byrne’s comments about The Gathering initiative being an artifice and a “scam” continues today. Here’s a round-up of the coverage and debate in The Irish Times newspaper and online:

Gabriel Byrne: called The Gathering a "scam" that shakes down returning emigrants

A shakedown or a welcome initiative to attract visitors? “The ferocity of Byrne’s attack on the project took people by surprise, but so too did the fact that he chose to attack something which had been wholly uncontroversial until now.” Irish Times political correspondent Harry McGee’s analysis of the initiative in light of Gabriel Byrne’s comments.

The Gathering – trick or treat?  “The recent sale of Heritage Certificates left me cold. These gimmicks only serve to cheapen something I treasure – my Irishness!” Brid Miller, Letters to the Editor.

Gathering co-funded ‘Last Word’ trip to NY Today FM confirmed the Government-backed project aimed at encouraging the Irish diaspora to visit Ireland next year had “co-funded” the costs of the Last Word broadcast from New York on which Gabriel Byrne lambasted the initiative as a “scam”.

Gathering supporters reject criticisms The Gathering director Jim Miley denied that the initiative was a “shakedown of the Irish diaspora”, saying that was “one man’s opinions” and the plan has been well received by the Irish diaspora so far.

Gabriel Byrne slams The Gathering Original breaking news article from Monday where the debate among readers has been concentrated in the comments section.

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