Interesting announcement here with Gabriel Byrne being announced as a cultural ambassador.
What does this tell us? That Brian Cowen is at least moving the Farmleigh agenda forward, and is talking about the link between culture and the economy, and that Martin Cullen was also very vigorous in this.
I guess one simple argument to move on with is to stress the need for a strong investment in the arts here in Ireland to support the creation of the work.
If we can have a flourishing creative culture for all ages grounded in local communities across Ireland then we should be in a much stronger position to make an even bigger imapct on the world stage.
Also, international success as we know, becomes a calling card to drive tourism to Ireland, and we should also make the link that if this is the case then we need to keep our lively festivals, venues and events of all kinds to provide cultural anchorage for tourist destinations.
So the economic case is beginning to be enacted – what I hear from the streets that the absolute, intrinsic case also needs to be got over.
What do we want this government to do to show they absolutely get the value of the arts beyond direct brand/economic value?