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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: Today at 04:27:36 PM »
Irrespective of who is responsible if there's a no deal Brexit the EU will insist on a border of sorts to prevent inferior goods flooding the EU common market from UK(NI).

At the same time the Brexiteers have always wanted to control immigration so you'd expect them to have some checks there as well.
Don't know enough about the WTO arrangements to know if they could insist on the UK controlling the very same border.

The WTO require the same checks at Aughnacloy as Dover, otherwise French goods would be disadvantaged compared to Irish ones.
I wouldn't worry about immigration, those checks will take place airports and ports. You could make some effort to spot HGVs on the border, but not people.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: Today at 03:53:25 PM »
There are really two borders to consider. 1) UK restrictions on people and goods crossing in to the north and 2) EU/Irish restrictions on people and goods crossing in to the south.

Despite our desire to blame the Brits for everything, at least some of the "hard border" will come in to being because of the EU.

Not so, the Brits are making the change from a working arrangement, the EU has only worked to eliminate borders, it is not responsible for this.

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: Today at 11:12:41 AM »
Each time Iíve been to the States weíve had a card thatís been skimmed! Hate using cards when away

American cards did not use the chip for long time, and still do not use the pin. Much easier to skim the magnetic stripe.

Oddly, I always pay for petrol at home with card, but in the US my card never worked in the pump and so you had to prepay and in one case it wouldn't in the shop either. Fortunately, petrol was cheap easier to prepay $30 in cash.

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:16:07 PM »
US atms mostly charge $3-$5 per withdrawal for visiting cards, it isn't a question of the exchange rate.
Some don't charge  this fee, you could research those.

The best plan is a card with good exchange rates and take out $300-400 at a time. I wouldn't bring cash.
Many things in the US can be paid by card, so cash will do a good while. Years ago, I was able to get cashback on a debit card in a supermarket, but last time I tried this it wouldn't work.

GAA Discussion / Re: McKenna Cup 2019
« on: January 20, 2019, 01:14:28 AM »
It's only a rivalry if Tyrone continue to field a 2nd / 3rd string, which is unlikely.

Trailer, is your first name Coat?

Armagh not too far away, but they still have tackling issues and still run of ideas when confronted by a blanket.
Such games against god opposition are a good learning experience for O'Neill.

GAA Discussion / Re: Club mass
« on: January 19, 2019, 01:21:22 AM »
A GAA club should not be associating or promoting the activities of an organisation that spent decades covering up child abuse and the mistreatment of women

Let them not turn on the BBC in the clubhouse then.

Who authorised that within Cooperation Ireland?

Cooperation Ireland should have set a maximum (say Ä1000) they would refund. But they obviously did not, and as other politicians were behaving responsibly they weren't prepared for the chancer.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:41:16 PM »
NI needs more time, a Generation or two before we are weaned off the power of the big two

It is 21 years since the GFA, time for some change.
Imagine if West Germany and France in 1970 we still going on about the war!

General discussion / Re: Dirua
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:51:06 PM »

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:36:07 PM »
Can someone tell me what a hard border looks like as Arlene Foster said there had never been one in Ireland?  I remember heavily fortified checkpoints at Newry, Strabane and Aughnacloy but they mustn't have been big enough to be termed a hard border

Yet more Lies. Leaving aside the fortified checkpoints where some case can be made, there were enormous customs barriers for 40 years. In the 1920s north-south trade halved.

What does  she think these boys were at?

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: January 15, 2019, 03:08:16 PM »
US is closer culturally with Ireland and Britain, and then there is a step change to the rest of the EU. A lot of US colleagues consider continental EU as too socialist for them.

This is largely myth, people in the US may speak the same language, more or less, but their thinking is quite different.

For example, I work in a multi national, the US team are flabbergasted about the EU rules on the permissible hours worked in the working week, August shutdown holdidays, especially when deadlines are looming.

Who puts a deadline in the vicinity of the holidays? Sounds like bad planning.

GAA Discussion / Re: Club mass
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:03:56 AM »
I just think that the Catholic Church and club should be separate. In areas with a high percentage of C of I does masses happen for members??

If there is mostly COI membership, and I'd be interested to know where this is, then you could have a COI commemoration for deceased members or an ecumenical one

GAA Discussion / Re: McKenna Cup 2019
« on: January 14, 2019, 01:05:54 AM »
The final should bring out a sizeable crowd ... either Athletic Grounds or Healy Park depending on who wins the toss.  Is it Saturday night or Sunday?

Saturday night and on TG4.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:57:49 AM »
Brexit is dead. May is expected to lose the vote by 200 and Parliament will not allow
No deal to happen. Neither will the EU. The Tories are fucked

The only negative I can see ref. Brexit being dead is the fact that it gives the DUP bigots a get out of jail free card .... they'll revert to type now in time for the next election 'It's us or Sinn Fein' .... if Brexit was to happen, either hard or soft, it would have advanced Irish unity by a generation imo, and I would have taken great pleasure watching the DUP squirm.

A precipitate unity brought about by a chaotic Brexit would not be a good thing. I think it has advanced Irish unity anyway, as a lot of people have started thinking about it. Even if Brexit is cancelled, there is every likelihood of the English continuing to rant about it and of Scotland consequently cutting the link, both of which would keep discussion on unity going here.

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