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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA doing a deal with SkySports
« on: Today at 09:11:50 PM »
Sky has been a total failure in all but a financial sense. But that seems to be the only thing HQ judges any aspect of the sport on these days.

So how do you explain all those All-Ireland finals in lower grade competitions played in a mostly empty Croke Park?

GAA Discussion / Re: GAA doing a deal with SkySports
« on: Today at 06:15:09 PM »
Sky just can't win in some people's eyes. They do something good and still get berated.

All-Ireland champion whingers the whole bloody lot of them.

General discussion / Re: The US policing crisis thread
« on: September 21, 2017, 10:46:01 PM »
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General discussion / Re: North Korea Crisis
« on: September 21, 2017, 07:21:24 PM »
Always heard the saying that all wars are bankers wars. Any country that has its own banking system is seen as a threat to the US dollar. Look at Germany, Iraq, Libya, Syria who had all their own banking system which America ended up going to war with. North Korea has their own banking system which doesn't suit the globalist agenda. The end game here is a one world bank with a one world government.

It doesn't matter who is president of the US. Trump is only a puppet, the deep government never changes its narrative. JFK warned us a bout it and he payed with his life.

Do you have shares in Reynolds Wrap?

GAA Discussion / Re: GAA doing a deal with SkySports
« on: September 21, 2017, 05:16:23 PM »
I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more coverage, but then bashing the "Evil British / Murdoch-owned" Sky makes for better clickbait:

Sky signs €3m grassroots deal with GAA

Five-year deal aims to reduce drop-out rate from the sport among young GAA players

Sat, Sep 16, 2017, 05:45
Ciarán Hancock

Broadcaster Sky Sports is to invest €3 million over the next five years into a number of grassroots initiatives organised by the GAA.
The pay TV group will launch the GAA Super Games Centres (SGCs) on September 21st. These are aimed at reducing the drop-out rate among 12 to 21 year olds in both football and hurling.

The GAA plans to host 154 SGCs around the country between September and May for both boys and girls.

Up to 25 children will be involved in each centre with the GAA seeking to attract 3,500 participants in year one, and Sky planning to top 20,000 over the five years.The kids will be provided with kits and equipment.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Neal O’Rourke, Sky Ireland’s financial director, said: “This is going to be an opportunity to mix genders. The Super Games Centres are going to be held all around the country. Both rural and urban. This is really about getting kids out there playing games, but not necessarily focusing on winning.”

In addition, Sky is to partner with the GAA to host its annual one-day youth forum for the same age range. It will take place this year at Croke Park on October 28th.

Sky is also backing the GAA’s two-day games development conference, involving more than 800 leading grassroots coaches, who will come together in January for workshops and seminars.

It is understood that former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, a pundit on Sky’s golf coverage and a self-confessed GAA fan, is being lined up for this event.

This sponsorship follows Sky’s renewal of its live rights with the GAA for five years out to 2021. This allows it to show 14 games a season and has proved controversial with many GAA members.

“For us, the GAA investment has been fantastic,” Mr O’Rourke said, adding that the recent launch of Now TV means fans can buy game passes for €10. “There’s no contract with that, there’s no commitment to Sky and we believe that’s made the games more accessible. If this wasn’t working for us we would be reinvesting in rights and we certainly wouldn’t be launching this sponsorship.”

Nielsen figures show Sky’s average audience for its GAA games this season is about 40,000 viewers, up about 11 per cent on 2016. This does not include high-definition viewing, those using Sky Go or Now TV, or those watching in pubs and clubs.


General discussion / Re: Catalan Independence Movement
« on: September 21, 2017, 05:12:54 PM »
Czechoslovakia split in two so peacefully that many people didn't even notice. If Spain were to let go of its regions then I hope it does so peacefully, but right now the way the Spanish government is handling this looks a bit ominous. There are powerful forces they're dealing with. They'd be well advised to tread carefully.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:00:54 PM »
Christ. If in doubt, just say "look" and repeat your defeated points again and again.

I'm out.

General discussion / Re: Irish Times - Insight into working for Ryanair
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:00:48 PM »
When we were kids air travel was completely unaffordable - for family weddings in London it used to be a ferry over to Scotland and drive down the whole country. Ryanair were largely responsible for changing that and have my gratitude at least, for doing so.

True, except that Easyjet and plenty of other low cost airlines manage to make flying affordable without being run by egotistical cretins who think it's funny to treat their customers and employees with contempt. You don't have to be unethical to be successful in business.

General discussion / Re: Irish Times - Insight into working for Ryanair
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:48:42 PM »
Quoth the article:

A copy of a standard Brookfield contract seen by The Irish Times includes a clause where the signing pilot agrees that he or she is not an employee of Ryanair or Brookfield, and will not at any time be deemed to be an employee.

O'Leary could be in a bit of trouble here. In English law it's not very clear cut who's your "employer." A lot depends on a combination of factors including who pays your wages, who do you report to, who controls the method of work, etc.. The court could rule that Ryanair is the employer and pilots are entitled to all the rights that go with it under UK employment law.

Of course if O'Leary wasn't such a full-of-himself gobs***e he'd give the crew decent pay and conditions in the first place, he wouldn't be going to court, and there wouldn't be an Exodus to his Norwegian competitor. Slap it up him.

General discussion / Re: RTE
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:03:03 PM »
He's up to 24,739 followers now. If they'd kept quiet he'd still only have about 500. If this isn't the Streisand Effect in action then I don't know what is.

Gays can get married in the UK or the South.Why do they want a marriage,a church based sacrament,when they are in conflict with the Church's teaching?

Marriage is a civic institution with an optional religious component for those who want it.

General discussion / RTE
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:48:58 PM »
Any of you heard about this Secret RTE Producer Twitter account? Some eye-opening stuff in there, employees milking big salaries they'd never get in the private sector, long lunches, endless coffee breaks, 2-man crews on one-man pieces of equipment because the unions say so, 1980s production values, shoddy work, low morale, etc.. RTE's response has been to try to track him down instead of address the stuff he's leaking.

First the cops and now the state broadcaster. What's it going to take to get things working right?

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:18:30 PM »
It is not viable without being subordinate to a German dominated EU,which provided the structural funds etc.Even with this crutch,the political classes still failed to avoid bankruptcy,requiring a loan solely on the non negotiable EU terms and a EU drafted budget,bringing great hardship for the ordinary indigenous population.

Your claim about the structural funds has been debunked many times. Why do you keep repeating it?

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:39:35 PM »
Sweden is an EU member.

The ROI was doing fine until it joined the Euro. Prior to that the Celtic Tiger was a genuine success story, it was based on exports and competitiveness rather than property speculation, there was no excessive consumption, and with control over its own interest rates it had corrective mechanisms that kicked into place when the economy was in danger of overheating.

There are issues with the way the Eurozone is managed, but the idea that the Free State is an inherently unviable state is tripe.

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