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General discussion / Dialect test
« on: Today at 03:14:09 PM »

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: February 13, 2019, 07:32:42 PM »
attention seeker makes video of throwing stuff from 45th floor!

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:29:11 AM »
John Haynes, originator of the manual.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 09, 2019, 04:59:42 PM »
Armagh does get the odd draw alright.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 09, 2019, 01:07:34 PM »
Anything more specific?

I assume your question is related to trade?

It is widely accepted that there is a correlation between core infrastructure (transport/utilities) and productivity. Taken that given, then...

If there were a UI, we would likely see vast improvements in infrastructure in the border areas leading to improved growth in these areas. The improvement of the roads already within the ROI due to EU led investment should be consider as examples. For instance, we would most likely definitely see:
- New main road linking Monaghan to Maguiresbridge.
- Improved main road linking Enniskillen to Donegal town (via Ballyshannon).
- The A5 gets done rather than dithered over.

Then, dealing with the east coast:
- The York road junction gets done rather than dithered over.
- The Dublin-Belfast enterprise service gets new rolling stock that pulls the journey time down to around an hour (its only 100 miles). Even use of the older intercity 125s on a track fit for purpose would see a big drop in journey time - current top speed is limited to 90 mph. The enterprise service as it stands at the moment is an embarrassment. Benign topology and yet the best we can do is an average speed of ~55 mph between the 2 largest cities just 100 miles apart?

We would possibly see:
- extension of the dual carriageway from Ballygawley to Enniskillen. I wouldn't imagine this would dual carriageway over to Ballyshannon.
- improvements of the links to Warrenpoint dock so freight can be moved more quickly onto the motorway/rail network.

I'd also like to think there would be EU monies put toward improving broadband infrastructure in rural areas, which would also lead to improved economic output from our smaller businesses.
Rural broadband in the south is pathetic
There has been very little investment since the state privatised telecom eireann as Eircom and that has been resold, twice is it now?

This is only partly true, while broadband remains crap in many places a significant number of people in more populated rural areas in the 26 counties have now got FTTH, there will be 300,000 in total, there is a still feck all FTTH in the North.

And while the children's hospital shows the limitations of politically driven infrastructure delivery in the 26 counties, they had more or less got the hang of building roads.

General discussion / Re: The Late Late show
« on: February 09, 2019, 03:00:39 AM »
Valentines Day edition tonight. My God. If this is what post Catholic Ireland looks like, bring back Archbishop McQuaid.
Itís a cringey Friday night tv programme ffs. Ireland doesnít ever want John Charles McQuaid or anything like him back. Thatís a poor comment tbh.

The pendulum swings too far in each direction. We don't want Charles McQuaid, nor the opposite, but something in the middle.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 09, 2019, 02:36:48 AM »
I am now strongly of the view that we're on the one road here, and while it may be the long road we're together now - so who cares. There have been regular and informed comments from many posters, particularly Seafoid, which have helped me understand what's going on. Now I think it has boiled down to this: if the worst happens and the UK crash out with no deal it's now inevitable there will be a united Ireland within 10 years so happy days. If the best happens and the UK gets a deal which we are all happy with then life goes on as is and we still progress towards a united Ireland at a slower pace so happy days.

Yep, no deal and a rather bumpy landing, or we can glide in towards the runway without wakening the passengers.

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: February 09, 2019, 02:33:16 AM »
Soft Border Patrol on BBC NI.  Awful, just....awful.

I wasn't even tempted to see how awful it was.  Why did they do a second series?

Anyhow back to the WTF, this wasn't a good first date

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:19:13 PM »

GAA Discussion / Re: Alan Brogans Tweet
« on: February 08, 2019, 04:18:12 PM »
I actually hope this motion gets passed and Dublin play one of the counties who vote for it such as Donegal/Tyrone/kerry etc get drawn to play Dublin and the game gets moved to Parnell Park and they get 2-300 tickets and get smashed at the same time and when they come looking for funding next season they get told - sorry the attendance/income dropped last year so there is no money available for you.

Why should Kerry, who have provided themselves with a stadium well suited to the super 8s lose money because Dublin have not done so?  Dublin could move to Navan or Kilkenny and accommodate a bigger crowd.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: February 07, 2019, 09:25:34 PM »
  Economic case can be made for a UI supported by Brussels rather than London.

Who has made this case? Who in the EU or the 26 nations has said its a runner given each has a veto?

The EU should not have to mop up after the British and many countries would see it that way. However, some capital funding would be likely be available for roads, linking the electricity grid and that kind of thing. Ireland's contribution to the EU would fall as the country would be poorer and that would free up some funds.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:45:20 PM »
Brexit has been a game changer no doubt and border poll isnít silly talk anymore.  Economic case can be made for a UI supported by Brussels rather than London.  And politically anyone who believed Westminster gave a toot about the North has had their eyes opened.
But funny enough, if thereís a hard Brexit, the South will really suffer greatly, and that would weaken the appeal for voting for change for some northerners.  Surely the DUP arenít that clever.

I donít think anyone ever thought that.

I think a lot of people thought that Westminster was willing to keep the peace because it would cause them problems if they did not.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:22:54 PM »
Would Northern Nationalism risk a northern poll unless they were certain that the southern referendum would vote to accept a United Ireland. It still boils down to economics and how exactly does Brexit make NI more affordable to RoI?????

Brexit creates a cost of not having a United Ireland.

General discussion / The Brexit caption thread I
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:47:26 PM »

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