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Quote from: clonadmad on Today at 11:36:12 AM
Quote from: Gallybander on July 11, 2024, 11:39:13 PM
Quote from: clonadmad on July 11, 2024, 04:17:29 PM
Quote from: JPGJOHNNYG on July 11, 2024, 03:17:20 PM
Quote from: armaghniac on July 11, 2024, 03:02:38 PM
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Quote from: weareros on July 11, 2024, 01:28:32 PM
Quote from: Rossfan on July 11, 2024, 12:45:45 PMExaminer reporting that UEFA accepts Casement won't be ready for Euro soccer tournament and that Cork Co Board are seeking to have De Páirc given the Casement slot.

Would be a great location with ferry and airport to continental Europe. However, it only has a seating capacity of 21,000 and UEFA requires 30,000 plus. They would need to show they could install temporary seating to meet the needs. At this stage I'd say UEFA would opt for sure bet soccer stadia than taking any more chances.

Would it not need serious money thrown at it to get to UEFA standard. Isn't that the main reason casements costs soared. The pairc would need at least tens of millions

It's on a big site though, I don't know if temporary buildings are allowed, you could have a lot of corporate facilities on the site.

The corporate and media requirements for the euros are ridiculous but for the pairc to be a serious option realistically you are looking at 2 new stands behind the goals

Switch the €50m promised by the Irish government from Casement to Cork

That will sort that

Same number of games stay on the Island

Irish economy benefits even more

Unionists get a kick in the nuts

Casement still gets build for GAA

I presume if NI won't be hosting a game they can hardly  expect to qualify for the competition via the hosts route ?
Give Cork all that money, just so they can host a couple of soccer matches?

Aren't We in the South doing similar with Belfast giving them the €50m so that they can host a few soccer matches

If NI can't get its act together with casement for the Euro's as looks ever more likely

Wouldn't we be better off spending that €50m allocated to the Euros for Casement in Cork and keeping the same amount of games on the Island ?

The Cork Economy and Infrastructure around it benefits and the Gaa benefits

The more likely scenario is that those games go to GB and the €50m for Casement is taken off the table because it is dependent on the Euro games being held there

The money for Casement is for a stadium that does not exist. It is fine to say send the Euros elsewhere, but how will Casement be built otherwise, unless you just want a handy wee ground for Antrim?
#2
General discussion / Re: Best Cover Songs
Today at 10:07:39 AM
Love Hurts - Nazareth 
You'll never walk alone - Gerry and the Pacemakers.
#3
Quote from: Mourne Red on Today at 12:47:03 AMhttps://x.com/claytravis/status/1811546119283052611?s=46&t=zMI0pHqP8aYtYYerofczvg

Jesus they need to put him out of his misery

He does stumble, but other aspects of the press conference are quite OK.
#4
General discussion / Re: Best Cover Songs
July 11, 2024, 10:44:00 PM
Somebody that I used to know - Walk off the earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M
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Quote from: RadioGAAGAA on July 11, 2024, 09:31:08 PM
Quote from: armaghniac on July 11, 2024, 09:02:48 PMIt is important that someone identifies exactly where this extra is. Are health trusts less efficient than those in England, Scotland or Wales. Are councils? Does the dupicated education structure show up in smaller class sizes? More administrators?

it does not seem to be class size anyway, the health system is worse, so where exactly is this extra?


Indeed - you'd think any half competent governing body would be rather anxious to get to the root of it to minimise waste.

Of course, with Stormont being on the backburner for so many years, we've had our equally feckless civil servant elite on the case. Which means there are no doubt detailed dossiers on exactly this sitting on various minister's tables right now.

The point is that most people on the public payroll in any country are in education and health, rather than in bureaucracy. There may be waste in education and health, but there is no over provision of it, so where are the extra people that everyone talks about? SF have the Minister for Finance, it should be in their interest to identify this, whereas the unionists like having this as an obstacle to Irish unity.
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Quote from: LeoMc on July 11, 2024, 08:33:17 PM
Quote from: Tony Baloney on April 07, 2024, 11:13:08 PM
Quote from: armaghniac on April 07, 2024, 10:17:57 PM"In December 2023, public sector jobs as a proportion of the population were 11.7%, which compares to 8.8% for the UK as a whole."
So,what do these extra people do?
Very little.
I would say the multiple health trusts, education authorities, councils, the duplicated education structures etc would be a not inconsiderable percentage.

It is important that someone identifies exactly where this extra is. Are health trusts less efficient than those in England, Scotland or Wales. Are councils? Does the dupicated education structure show up in smaller class sizes? More administrators?

it does not seem to be class size anyway, the health system is worse, so where exactly is this extra?

#7
General discussion / Re: Best Cover Songs
July 11, 2024, 04:50:48 PM
Nathan Carter - Wagon Wheel.
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Quote from: JPGJOHNNYG on July 11, 2024, 02:44:15 PM
Quote from: weareros on July 11, 2024, 01:28:32 PM
Quote from: Rossfan on July 11, 2024, 12:45:45 PMExaminer reporting that UEFA accepts Casement won't be ready for Euro soccer tournament and that Cork Co Board are seeking to have De Páirc given the Casement slot.

Would be a great location with ferry and airport to continental Europe. However, it only has a seating capacity of 21,000 and UEFA requires 30,000 plus. They would need to show they could install temporary seating to meet the needs. At this stage I'd say UEFA would opt for sure bet soccer stadia than taking any more chances.

Would it not need serious money thrown at it to get to UEFA standard. Isn't that the main reason casements costs soared. The pairc would need at least tens of millions

It's on a big site though, I don't know if temporary buildings are allowed, you could have a lot of corporate facilities on the site.
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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kerry
July 11, 2024, 02:59:13 PM
Quote from: yellowcard on July 11, 2024, 02:52:40 PM
Quote from: blanketattack on July 11, 2024, 01:10:10 PMI reckon 40K Armagh, 7K Kerry, 9K Down, 8K Laois, 3K Neutral.

It will be like a home fixture for Armagh if this is the split and that is bound to be worth something. 

I'm not sure that it will be quite unbalanced, but even neutrals are unlikely to give strong support to Kerry.
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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kerry
July 11, 2024, 11:10:33 AM
Quote from: tbrick18 on July 11, 2024, 10:00:09 AM
Quote from: illdecide on July 11, 2024, 09:07:28 AMIn all my years I've never seen a more low key All Ireland semi final in my life, very little talk or buzz around the town and I'm not aware of how many tickets have been purchased but Croke Park will probably be just over half full which is crap for atmosphere

I'd have thought Armagh would have been chomping at the bit for tickets for this game.
I know for the last 2 years it was very difficult to get tickets for the AISFs that Derry were in given but given how long it had been since we got that far that's understandable.
I dont understand apathy in Armagh for an AISF though.
Maybe its the Kerry factor - where they dont really travel in numbers until a final.

There is a a certain unreality about attendances. Croke park is a very large stadium, it is never difficult to get tickets for a semi final where Dublin are not involved and it wasn't difficult last year when Derry were there either. If 20% of the population of the counties go then the stadium is just over half full. In reality, all the interested people in a county cannot go, people work, at this time of year many people are abroad, even in an ultra football family granny doesn't go and perhaps she looks after young children. Twenty years ago Armagh got a lot support from places like Monaghan or Lout, people whose father was from Armagh or whatever, but Monaghan had their own semi final last year and Louth have had their own recent visit to Croke Park.
In 1982, Armagh v Kerry was watched by 17,523, I'd say we'll get 3 times that.
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There is a new generation
#13
Quote from: square_ball on July 10, 2024, 10:10:11 AMThe 2024 Moygashel Bonfire centre piece.

for those that haven't seen it

#14
Quote from: burdizzo on July 09, 2024, 11:29:54 PM
Quote from: Tony Baloney on July 08, 2024, 10:20:15 PM
Quote from: imtommygunn on July 08, 2024, 09:26:43 PMSpeculation is growing that not all of the reform candidates who were put out forward for the general election actually existed. I saw this earlier today but it appears to be growing legs now. Ai generated etc who never campaigned. Be interesting to see if this is true. Surely not...
You could put a Reform sticker on a donkey and people would still vote for it...

Wasn't it much the same with SF last time 'round?!

No, all the SF candidates actually existed.
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Quote from: Milltown Row2 on July 09, 2024, 11:39:26 PM
Quote from: Armagh18 on July 09, 2024, 10:58:06 PMFair play to Hanna for using Irish but a better gesture would be not to take the oath.

Not one blind bit of difference to waiting lists will they make in the HofC

We should add public sector servants to that list the bastards of people who work for the government!!

Especially in the dole office, degrading the Irish people with handouts from the King.