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#1
General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
March 01, 2024, 07:18:03 PM
Quote from: trueblue1234 on February 29, 2024, 09:34:34 PM
Quote from: GTP on February 29, 2024, 12:58:43 PMCalling for pay parity is an easy soundbite that Trade Unions can use to establish their position in negotiations.
Why anyone on here would begrudge teachers getting a pay rise or achieving pay parity with UK based teachers is beyond me. It is not an easy job and it is not handy for those working in schools.

But my point is most careers are lower paid here than UK. Doing the same work as them. I've nothing against teachers getting a rise but trying that argument is a bit of BS imo.

I agree teaching would be a tough career. But so is healthcare, engineering, finance, trades etc. and their all paid less than in the uk too.
I would not expect any settlement to achieve pay parity but it does give the unions a concise (if apparently unpopular on here) demand to government.  Also harder for government to argue against without portraying a negative image of NI. Teachers here have had no rise in pay for a number of years unlike counterparts in GB so discrepancies in pay have grown. Trying  to narrow or remove that gap for doing the same job is not unreasonable.
Maybe the DUP can start campaigning to remove the pay border in the Irish Sea so teachers, nurses, engineers and all the rest are paid equally.
#2
General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
February 29, 2024, 12:58:43 PM
Calling for pay parity is an easy soundbite that Trade Unions can use to establish their position in negotiations.
Why anyone on here would begrudge teachers getting a pay rise or achieving pay parity with UK based teachers is beyond me. It is not an easy job and it is not handy for those working in schools.
#3
Derry v Dublin - Draw
Mayo
Kerry
Galway

Armagh
Cavan
Donegal
Cork

Clare
Westmeath
Down
Offaly

Carlow v Wexford -Draw
Laois
Tipperary
Longford
#4
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 22, 2024, 04:00:11 PM
Quote from: Captain Obvious on February 22, 2024, 03:41:47 PMSome counties main objective is staying up in Division 1 and anything else is a bonus. Kerry and Derry bringing back the Clifford brothers and Glen players back so soon is a clear message that their objective is to win the league title and then carry that form into the championship.

Harte has joined up with Derry to win the All-Ireland title and IMO they'll likely have a better chance of achieving that feat in 2025 should Glen get an early exit from the Derry or Ulster this autumn/winter.

Could Derry and Kerry's ojective in bringing the players back early be to gain enough points to stay up and rest them towards the end of the league?
And presuming that both counties ultimate objective is to win an All Ireland in 2024 why would they bring the players back so soon if they believed it would lessen the chances of this happening?
#5
Tyrone v Mayo - DRAW
Dublin
Galway v Derry - DRAW
Roscommon

Cork
Louth
Meath
Armagh

Down
Clare
Sligo
Westmeath

Wexford
Longford
Carlow
Laois
#6
Anything can be described as a waste of money or costing too much. If there is a failure to rebuild Casement Park it will show the North to be dysfunctional and incapable of delivering on major projects. The planning delays and safety issues that have cause the project to run this long reflect very badly on all the parties involved as it is.
At present the argument over funding seems to be verging into the sectarian sphere and or the normal pattern of this place, if they get something we want the same.
A new stadium for GAA matches and other activities will not do anyone any harm and should produce benefits across the region and island. Someone somewhere should have the gumption to get on with building it.

For comparison with other large-scale projects which may be considered a waste of money:
Dundonald International Ice Bowl.
Councillors agreed to invest £52 million in the popular leisure complex over the next three years.
Belfast Stories: As a new £100 million visitor destination located close to Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, will be a landmark signature experience in the heart of the city that speaks to the essence of Belfast and its people.
Strule shared campus is the biggest school building project to be planned in Northern Ireland. Beset by delays, the project's cost has soared to an anticipated £341m.

And even at a total cost of £225 million it would only be a one-off investment of £5 per adult across the UK. I don't think it will bankrupt anyone.
#7
Derry
Dublin
Kerry
Galway

Donegal
Cork
Meath
Armagh

Down
Sligo
Draw - Offaly v Clare
Westmeath

Longford
Laois
Tipperary
Wexford
#8
There have been very few transfers in Scotland or England, so the lack of movement is not just restricted to Celtic. The current players need to find a bt of creativitty and their scoring boots to get over the line this season.
I would expect another defender to arrive if CCV is injured again but doubt it will be anyone to get excited about.
#9
Dublin
Kerry
Draw - Roscommon v Galway
Derry

Draw - Armagh v Meath
Kildare
Cork
Donegal

Down
Antrim
Sligo
Westmeath

Carlow
Laois
London
Longford
#10
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
January 27, 2024, 09:26:09 AM
Quote from: Wolfetones on January 26, 2024, 11:04:31 PMOmagh just about get over the line again and didn't play particularly well. Magherafelt missed a few goal chances that came back to haunt them in the end. Although 3 points down around the 60 minutes mark and everyone behind the ball maybe they didn't deserve anything from the game.
They scored two points and missed a good enough opportunity to equalise from that position. Omagh sat back to defend  their lead high balls in or throwing men forward may have worked but given the way the game was going more likely Omagh turnover the ball eat up time and maybe grab another score. Hindsight would say pop the ball over the bar for a point with some of the goal chances but at the time it looked like St Mary's needed a goal to get back into the game. The two conceded will hurt as well.
#11
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
January 26, 2024, 11:04:49 AM
Thanks for the information
#12
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
January 26, 2024, 08:44:31 AM
For tonight's semi final does Coalisland have a covered stand or terracing for spectators?
#13
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club IFC/JFC 2023
January 19, 2024, 03:13:13 PM
As things stand in Derry, Division 2 Lavey could win the Senior Championship whilst Division 1 Ballinderry could win Intermediate Championship.
Would Lavey then be deemed too weak for USFC and Ballinderry too strong for UIFC?
If a club wins a championship at their level let them compete at provincial and All-Ireland level if they get that far and let them enjoy it - you'll always end up with a winner who is stronger than the rest be it because they play Division 1 football in their home county or they got an influx of players returning, transferring or coming through at underage.
A lot more people on the board can follow Cavan football this year to test if Avra are simply a very good junior side or the system was skewed in their favour.
#14
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
January 18, 2024, 03:25:33 PM
Quote from: Goals_Will_Come on January 18, 2024, 02:58:39 PM
Quote from: Goals_Will_Come on January 18, 2024, 12:01:07 PMConfirmed
Omagh CBS V St Mary's Magherafelt - Coalisland 26/1/24 - 7:30pm - Referee: Martin McNally
St Joseph's Donaghmore V St Patrick's Academy Dungannon - Carrickmore 27/1/24 - 2:00pm - Referee: Paul Falloon

Not sure why but the Omagh and Magherafelt game has been changed to Monday 22nd at 12:00, still in Coalisland.
Very disappointing to see a MacRory Cup Semi Final being played at such a time.

Ulster Schools GAA X (Twitter) account still has it at 7:30pm on Friday 26 January at Coalisland. McLarnon Cup Q Finals listed for 12pm Monday 22 January.
#15
Derry
Dublin
Galway
Draw Tyrone v Roscommon

Meath
Kildare
Armagh
Donegal

Limerick
Sligo
Westmeath
Down

Draw -Laois v Longford
Tipperary
Wexford
Leitrim