With this Cultural Ambassador you are really spoiling us
So Gabriel Byrne is the new cultural ambassador. And we at Pursued by a Bear do love culture. Mr Byrne will be helping to raise the profile of Irish cultural exports on the international stage, and there’s no doubt the man knows people in places that most people don’t get to. But what do you think? Do we need a Cultural Ambassador? Should we celebrate his appointment, and if we do, what are we hoping it will achieve? At a time when the Government is cutting spending on the arts, does this mark a change in attitude and a new willingness to recognise our cultural currency? And no sooner was Mr Byrne in place than we found out Minister Mary Hanaffin will be taking over the renamed Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Your thoughts, culturatti?