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“Then I talked to two kids, a girl and a boy who were forced to emigrate because there are no jobs. And they blame the incompetence and the “gangsterism” of the government for being forced to emigrate.”
Byrne stepped down as Ireland’s cultural ambassador at the end of 2011.
“It was a tremendous achievement what we did in two years.
“I was really disappointed the way all those contacts, all that hard work was just dropped and it really made me disillusioned and disappointed with this Government who go on about their love for culture for arts and actually really don’t give a toss about it.”
"The Gathering is a very credible, national proposal for 2013 for Irish people and those who want to be associated with Ireland, to come back some time during 2013 and be associated with a number of flagship projects, and so many others of a smaller variety.
"It's not just about wanting them to spend their money."
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