Donegal Gathering Chairperson says it has support in the county

The Project Director of the Gathering has rejected claims made by the Irish actor Gabriel Byrne that the initiative is a scam - and a shake-down of the diaspora.

Jim Miley says the comments represent the views of only one man - and many others have warmly endorsed the Gathering.

The tourism initiative aims to reach out to hundreds of thousands of Irish abroad, with a view to welcoming them home next year.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Gathering in Donegal says he expects over 80 events to be confirmed within a matter of weeks.

Paddy Harte says the important thing is that after five public meetings attended by almost three hundred people, the ideas that are now being considered have not come from politicians, they have conme from the community................