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GAA Discussion / Re: The future of Croke Park
« on: Today at 04:14:47 PM »
Any grand ideas we may have had about increased capacity were crushed around the end of the noughties. It used to be a near sell out for every Dublin game back then, and 3-4 extra per season. Now it's only a true sell out for the finals, with 65k+ attendances reserved for certain big days involving Limerick or Cork hurlers, or an odd football double header including the likes of Armagh or a blockbuster semi like Kerry v Dublin. If anything the stadiums considerably too big now

The oldest part of the stadium, the Cusack, is still perfectly adequate in basically all areas. Corporate facilities there are still not far behind the Hogan side. To have that being the case 30 years on is probably testament to the vision of the admin behind the reconstruction at that time. I suspect we'll see near to zero changes to the stadium for the next 20 years
I think it's too big for the GAA, not just in terms of size but also in term of maintenance costs, commercial focus  and potentially in terms of future rebuild if cost inflation on the A5 is anything to go by.

Huh? Doesn't the stadium produce revenue through its museum and conference facilities?

Money racket. 24 matches to eliminate four teams....

One more time: The GAA is not a profit-making commercial organisation that pays revenue out to shareholders. The money is reinvested in communities and you can download the annual report to see where it goes.

GAA Discussion / Re: The future of Croke Park
« on: June 03, 2023, 06:20:21 AM »
I'm sure the railway could run through the middle of some future structure at the Hill 16 end.

I seem to remember hearing or reading somewhere that the GAA quietly buys up the houses at that end as they become available, in anticipation of expanding the stadium in that direction. Anyone know if there's any truth in that?

General discussion / Re: Fonacab
« on: June 02, 2023, 09:55:00 PM »
Seems like he's been lifted. And they were none too gentle about it!

I only sat down and diagrammed it yesterday. Only now do I understand it. Will do an infographic to share.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: June 01, 2023, 07:53:58 PM »
why would loyalists sit back and accecpt joint rule if no one voted for that and dont pay tax to the south

Same reason they're sitting back and accepting a stalled Stormont and Brexit even though nobody voted for either.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: June 01, 2023, 04:38:21 PM »
Bryson, Nesbitt, Paisley, Foster, Alderdice. They'll all talking about a Unity Ref and they are all worried.

Wait till you hear Bin Lorry of the Newsletter almost in tears, pleading for help from the UK Gov and anyone else who'll listen about the plight Unionism finds itself in.

That man has anger management issues. I've heard him on the radio and he sounds like your man Steve Fleming from The Thick of It, like he's about to go off on a tantrum any second.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: June 01, 2023, 04:31:21 PM »
He causes a lot of bother in the legal world. Not as big a fool as we would like to think he is.

How he's got all hit notoriety etc I do not know because he is no more than a jumped up little sc**bag but there is a lot more than meets the eye as to what is going on with this guy being in the limelight I would say.

Also anyone's life will be much healthier if they use twitter and they block him.

His platform is entirely thanks to Stephen Nolan. Can you think of a single other broadcaster that gives him the time of day?

And yep...Block Bryson on twitter and boycott Stephen Nolan's sectarian cesspit of a show and your life will improve in an instant.

Bit harsh on Nolan. I've listened to his show and it's not as bad as people say it is. Bryson and Allister aren't on every day like people think. Since it's a new month I might do another survey by listening each day and making a note of the contributors. Last time I did that I found Bryson and Allister were on about two to three times a month each.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: June 01, 2023, 04:28:21 PM »
Does he write them articles and tweets etc. or does someone else help him?

The amount of tweets and re-tweets he puts out is shocking.  It's 7 days a week.

Yup, he's basically a full-time comments troll. Nice work if you can get it.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: June 01, 2023, 12:02:28 AM »
Edited for readability:

0-14 age cohort.   15-39.   40-64.    65+
Taigs.   47.36.   43.28.   41.96.   35.54
Prods.   23.55.   30.5.   39.89.   52.82
Other/no reg/not stated.   23.26.   26.2.   18.16.   11.56

Taigs and prods definitely sloping in opposite directions. Others seem to peak in the 15-39 group. The pace of change is going to accelerate as the prod over 65s die off as the young taigs reach voting age.

Polling numbers in Britain for this sort of thing can be hard to track down, mainly because nobody gives a toss about the place and they don't even bother polling for it. But I remember a poll in the Manchester Evening News in the wake of the bomb of 1996 and it showed overwhelming support for Irish unity, it was something like 75% IIRC. The attitude was "it's nothing to do with us, we should leave them to it." One letter writer wrote "if only the Irish would fight amongst themselves and leave us alone."

Wee Seamy wants to move the goalposts in the belief that most people in the UK will want to keep NI:

Jamie Bryson: The constitutional future of Northern Ireland should be a matter for all of the UK, not just NI
A letter from Jamie Bryson:

By Letters
Published 30th May 2023, 07:02 BST- 3 min read
Updated 30th May 2023, 07:14 BST

It is undemocratic that most of the United Kingdom can’t vote on its possible dissolution. Creating an unprecedented right for Scotland or Northern Ireland to secede without any say for the rest of the country was a constitutional wrong-turn

It is undemocratic that most of the United Kingdom can’t vote on its possible dissolution. Creating an unprecedented right for Scotland or Northern Ireland to secede without any say for the rest of the country was a constitutional wrong-turn

There has been much talk – largely driven by elements of the media – in relation to a ‘border poll’ in recent weeks. As far back as the NI Constitutional Act 1973, the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the Framework document, there was a fundamental constitutional error at the heart of UK government policy. This error was then repeated in the Belfast Agreement, and in consequence within section 1 of the NI Act 1998 (which essentially replicates the 1973 Act).

The error was (and is) to confer upon Northern Ireland the principle of self-determination as a bespoke concept, rather than self determination being a question for the entirety of the UK’s sovereign territory as a whole. In addressing the Scottish Referendum, the late Court of Appeal judge Sir John Laws said in his book ‘The Constitutional Balance’ that it was “…profoundly undemocratic that in 2014 only those resident in Scotland, and not the inhabitants of England, Wales or Northern Ireland, were allowed to vote on the prospective dissolution of the United Kingdom”.

The UK Supreme Court considered the application of self-determination in recent the Lord Advocate’s Scottish Reference, and helpfully set out the principles to be applied. In essence, there is no right to unilaterally secede, save for whereby the territory is under oppressive rule or military occupation. That, plainly, doesn’t even come close to applying to Northern Ireland. A state has a right to protect its territorial integrity; there is no principle requiring a state to allow one constituent part the right to secede.

In creating an unprecedented right to secede, outside the parameters of the internationally recognised principle of self-determination, the UK government made a fundamental constitutional wrong-turn, similar to the constitutional error made in surrendering sovereignty to the European Union via the European Communities Act and associated treaties. The government were given an instruction to remedy that error via the Brexit referendum in 2016. It is obvious to point out that in relation to Northern Ireland, the instruction from the UK electorate has been ignored, with the government leaving this part of the Union subjugated under EU law via the Northern Ireland Protocol and its embedding Windsor Framework.

We forever hear nationalists lecturing all and sundry about ‘constitutional conversations’ and the need to engage in discussing Northern Ireland’s future. Of course, what they really mean is discussing a united Ireland. The moment a unionist seeks to inject ideas into the ‘conversation’ as to how to strengthen the Union – such as this article, or Ian Paisley Junior’s Referendum Bill – all of sudden that is heresy and is met with nationalist outrage. That neatly illuminates the deceptive nature of nationalism’s honeyed language seeking to present conversations about the future as being totally benign and inclusive. It is only inclusive when it is on their terms.

Unionism ought to unashamedly begin a campaign to correct the constitutional wrong-turn on self-determination, and instead seek to build an argument for the remedying of that error by either making the future of the Union a question for the whole Union; or, alternatively by requiring a border poll to not only obtain a majority in NI and the Republic of Ireland, but also in Great Britain.

Jamie Bryson, NI Director of Policy, Centre for the Union

General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 31, 2023, 12:02:54 AM »
The Rev. Ivan Foster explains thing very clearly

"Further to Tom Ferguson’s letter on Friday (‘Unionist unity is not possible without a shared political objective’, May 26, see link below) may I add a comment in support of what he says. Unionist unity is attractive but if there is an incorporating of the unscriptural policies that both the DUP and the Ulster Unionist Party presently adhere to, what would such unity be in the eyes of God?Nothing but the old rebellion renamed! Disunity is not the problem. It is but one of the consequences of the problem. The problem is an offended God! Until that matter is addressed, no matter what ‘repair jobs’ are carried out, the advance of the enemy will continue. In truth, I cannot see a return from the apostasy that has been embraced by Ulster and that repeatedly.

The DUP voting pattern shows a total disregard for the standards that the party once espoused. It is clear that the DUP is increasingly repudiating the truth of God in its search for votes – all to no avail of course. Even professing Christians have joined in the casting off of ’the old paths’.This old Bible text holds the answer for us. “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein,” Jeremiah 6:16.
The DUP and Protestantism generally, echoes the reply of the rebels in the days of Jeremiah."


General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 20, 2023, 05:46:57 AM »
Christ! SDLP down to a single councilor in the ABC council, and Declan McAlinden is out. Never seen the like of it. Hard to see a path back to relevance for the party now, as much as it pains me to say it.

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: May 02, 2023, 06:01:42 AM »
What do you call a basement full of conservatives?

A whine cellar.  ;D

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