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General discussion / Finalised court cases
« on: March 16, 2023, 11:50:45 AM »

In his garda interviews Silver showed “strength of will”, resisted attempts by gardaí to build rapport and showed himself to be “not at all suggestible”. At one point he feigned sleep for several minutes while gardaí asked him questions, the professor said, showing an “intact ability to act reflectively and not impulsively and having regard to his own best interest as he sees it.” He said “fleeting” ideas Silver had the day prior to the shooting about MI6 and the SAS were not fixed false beliefs and therefore not delusions. He said Silver had a “long experience of behaving in a disruptive way” that required his family or members of the public to call gardaí. It was his “learned impunity”, the professor said, that caused him to become more irritable and angry as gardaí continued to detain and question him following the shooting. The professor explained: “He had learned that he could expect not to be charged and, at most, to be treated in a psychiatric hospital.

General discussion / The next scandal
« on: March 02, 2023, 08:18:00 PM »

And this Government and the last one repeatedly reassured those whose mortgages were sold to vulture funds that they would retain all the protections of those with bank loans. All the protections, it turned out, except when interest rates started to rise and the already high interest rates they are being charged shoot even higher. Initial Central Bank estimate are that around 38,000 borrowers are particularly exposed, facing high rates and not able to switch to fixed-rate products. Nobody, of course, foresaw interest rates rising so quickly. But they have done – and there is more to come.

GAA Discussion / Most likely provincial finalists
« on: March 02, 2023, 09:34:43 AM »

The non Dublin half of the draw has Longford, Offaly, Louth , Meath, Westmeath .  Westmeath are already in the Sam Maguire..

The non Kerry side has Cork, Clare, Limerick

One of London, Sligo, New York, Leitrim   

Fermanagh, Derry, Tyrone, Monaghan
Donegal, Down, Cavan, Antrim, Fermanagh

General discussion / What is your favourite electronic music drop ?
« on: February 24, 2023, 05:25:07 PM »

General discussion / Irish neutrality
« on: February 20, 2023, 03:10:45 PM »

Ukraine was the point of no return in Finland attitudes. “Neutrality” has long evolved into “military non-alignment” and a gradual closening to Nato, now membership. For years polls had shown only 22 – 25 per cent supported joining Nato. But by June 2022 it was 75 per cent. And Sweden followed.
Even in Switzerland, officially neutral since 1815, 52 per cent of respondents surveyed in May and June favoured closer links with Nato.
Support for neutrality in Austria remains high, although EU accession in 1995 was a clear sign of transition to a broader interpretation of neutrality. Of those surveyed recently only 16 per cent favour joining Nato. But, surrounded by five Nato members, Austrians feel protected and it has been taken for granted that Austria can rely on external help in the event of an attack.
It shares with Ireland the largely unspoken assumption of a Nato security blanket, essentially freeriding on neighbours’ willingness to come to our defence if attacked, a commitment made explicit now in the EU treaty. In Ireland, inevitably, squaring that reality will mean a gradual de facto reimagining of “neutrality” for a new age, initially with a commitment to a 50 per cent increase in defence spending.
Lieut Gen Pulkkinen said a lack of resources within the Naval Service and Air Corps represented a serious “vulnerability” for the Republic. He agreed that, at present, if a significant threat emerged – such as the presence of a hostile nation’s military in Irish airspace – Ireland would be dependent on Britain’s Royal Air Force responding to investigate or, in an extreme scenario, take more lethal action.
Defence Forces officers also remain very concerned that Ireland does not have primary surveillance radar to monitor the country’s airspace, which they describe as “basic” technology.
Asked what Ireland’s defence vulnerabilities were and how they should be addressed, Lieut Gen Pulkkinen said: “Provide your Defence Forces with sustainable and reasonable long-term funding, that’s one of the vulnerabilities you have inside your military.”
Due to the changing security climate – with a much more aggressive Russia and cyberthreats coming from teams of hackers backed by rogue states – he believed “traditional neutrality is over”. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said all countries had to “adapt” in their preparedness to defend themselves, starting with being able to monitor their seas and airspace.
Lieut Gen Pulkkinen said the consequences of the war – higher inflation, increased fuel and energy prices, and millions of displaced Ukrainians – demonstrate how “everything could be weaponised… food, energy, human beings”. This, he said, underlined the need for a “strong and agile” Defence Forces.

GAA Discussion / The tackle
« on: February 16, 2023, 08:39:40 AM »

Hurling and Gaelic football are two games without a clearly defined tackle. Does anyone really think TV replays are going to make them any easier to define?

GAA Discussion / GAA WTF
« on: January 30, 2023, 07:30:09 PM »

A mother of four has asked the High Court for an injunction restraining Dublin-based GAA side Fingallians from barring her children from participating in club activities.

Sinead O’Farrell, of Sandford Wood, Swords, was on Monday granted permission by Mr Justice Brian O’Moore to serve short notice of the injunction proceedings on the officials of Fingallians GAA Club.

Richard Kean SC, for Ms O’Farrell, told the court his client was seeking the restraints on behalf of her children Luca (10), Cai (eight), Nia (six) and Alia (five) who, along with her and their father, Jason, have been banned from the club.

Mr Kean, with Ger Colleran BL, instructed by Robinson Solicitors, said the O’Farrells were paid-up members of Fingallians, of Seatown West, Swords, and all of her children play football and hurling. The application seeks injunctions against club officials Colin Foley, Carl Jones, Eoin Martin, Denis McCarthy, Sarah Nixon and Pat Ward.
In an affidavit, Ms O’Farrell said a dispute arose following a boys under-9 football tournament in Newry, Co Down last year. She claims her husband, other parents and volunteer coaches were unhappy with the approach to the tournament taken by Richie Herity, who was the head coach of the under-9 group.

The fallout from the tournament led to her husband and other adults whose children were part of the group being fired as volunteer under-9 coaches in September, she claimed. Since the removal of those parents, she said, communications and meetings with club officials have not resolved the matter.

GAA Discussion / Championship odds
« on: January 12, 2023, 02:05:29 PM »
Via Oddschecker


Kerry  6/4
Dublln 2/1
Galway 8/1
Mayo 12/1
Armagh 16/1
Derry 16/1
Tyrone 16/1

GAA Discussion / Greatest player never to win an all Ireland
« on: January 10, 2023, 12:33:31 PM »
Lee Keegan has just retired so..

GAA Discussion / The 2021 club finals
« on: December 25, 2022, 03:37:19 PM »
The 2021 club finals were not held due to Covid.

There was a precedent  a century ago due to the Civil War. The 1921 and 1922 hurling and football  finals were delayed and played in 1923

"In the space of four months during the summer and autumn of '23, Dublin's footballers - represented respectively by the St Mary's and O'Toole's clubs - claimed the first two parts of a three-in-a-row at Croke Park, beating Mayo in June to secure the 1921 honours and then following it up with the 1922 title that October against Galway.
Dublin would also win the 1923 Leinster championship between those two national finals, but the All-Ireland decider for that edition would not be played until the following year.
Similarly in hurling, 1921 and 1922 were ultimately decided in '23, with Limerick scoring 8-5 in a comprehensive victory over the Dubs for the first of those in March."

Why not do the same a century later ?

GAA Discussion / Review of 2022 GAA wise
« on: December 22, 2022, 04:42:55 PM »
Go on

General discussion / There are 9 genders in Ireland now. Imagine
« on: December 22, 2022, 04:30:52 PM »
Per Regina Doherty

Trans female
Trans male
Gender neutral

The Bodach has been at work again.

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