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the gaa should not be linked to any religious cult

They should rent the hall to any group where there is public demand, even country and western fans.

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Fair point. Under independent government then.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 08:23:24 PM »
The point is that this event was a once in 55 year affair and it wouldn't hurt anyone to sit it out just thus once.

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I'd say let them keep Larne. Or Bangor. I could live without Bangor.

A town with its Irish name on its coat of arms and home of a major centre of learning in ancient times, should be in Ireland.

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Mad for the ould partition is JT

"In January 2012, Taylor wrote to The Scotsman newspaper asserting that Scotland should be subject to partition, depending on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum"

Easy cure, leave them places like Newtownabbey and Larne out of a United Ireland and so there more would be 50%+1 and anyone in the rest of the wee 6 can move there if they don't like it.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 12:41:19 PM »
If someone is hsppy to drive without a seat belt and take the risks, are we happy for them to do so.

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You make a valid point.If the UK is ever unable to bail out the North,the certainty is that Dublin will never be able to do it.

I made a more subtle point in that the UK will be able to have a less generous measure, because it will be poorer and because there may be other pressures on public expenditure. The limitations of a subsidised NI compared to a ROI earning its own keep will become increasingly obvious.


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The federal option,doesn't change anything,unionists would still control the North

Unionists do not make up a majority in the North at the present time and by definition they will not when a UI comes about.

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I presume after the new All Ireland State is set up British level pensions and Social welfare payments will continue in the North Eastern Autonomous Area?
After all we don't want them scroungers living off us until they learn our work ethic.

Anyone continuing to hold a British passport should have British level pension.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 10:41:01 AM »
It's been reported that the Dundalk kite surfers will lodge a complaint against the emergency services for stopping them. It might well be the case that they felt they could handle the conditions and we're being unnecessarily policed. They should be free to make their own choice but anyone who engages in water sports during a red weather warning should not be rescued.

One issue was that they don't seem to have told the coastguard they would be out, so the coastguard couldn't be sure if was them that the reports were about and not someone else.

On a point of detail the weather warning might have been slightly more nuanced, coming in effect a 8am in Cork but not 12 noon in Dundalk, then they would not have out in a red warning.

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So you think the UK is just going to magically and completely turn off the money tap?

The issue is firstly the ability of London to pay, they are crippling this themselves. The issue is the extent to which London creates a need for handouts by crippling the NI economy e.g. Brexit. After that, the issue is the comparison between the continued flow of handouts and London's willingness to get provide a decent settlement to get rid of NI.

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If economic arguments won the day, catholic/nationalists up here would long ago have decided the UK link was preferable,or unionists might have even been mildly tempted to look at Re-Unification during the Celtic Tiger years.Alas,not a chance

From here on, the balance of power lies with a group in the middle, as nationalist and unionist numbers are about equal. These Rory McIllroy types are influenced by economic arguments and other issues.

Disappointing, but not unexpected, to see Varadkar parroting the Unionist line.  Didn't see the programme but did they ask him if a 50%+1 vote would be acceptable to keep NI in the UK?  I've always thought that the whole referendum process as laid out in the GFA was where SF and the SDLP had their eye wiped by the Brits.

Varadkar's phrasing was unfortunate, for someone usually quite sharp. His main point was to support the GFA which had widespread support and postpone the UI to another day and perhaps a point about wanting agreement.


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The economic argument in favour of reunification has already been proven. But good luck getting that to resonate with the unionists, they'll just dismiss it out of hand. That's a detailed report put together by senior and impartial economists. On the other hand, Jimmy Deenihan was once asked a question on camera about whether or not we could afford reunification, and the unprepared minister grumbled for a second and said "uh, uh, no really....."


Sadly, the economic argument has not been proven. A fundamental problem is that SF are not credible on economic matters and don't seem to have realised that economics is the biggest obstacle to moving thing on.

That report was not published by SF.

It was effectively paid for by SF. I'm not saying it is wrong, but lot more work is needed. Nobody much is doing this work.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 12:01:13 AM »
Clowns jumping into the sea and kite surfing when there's an alert like this on, putting the lives of first responders at risk. It should be illegal and punishable with a bit of jail time. Gobs*****s.

I was listening to the radio today and these people were justifying themselves and some other woman who was swimming in Dun Laoghaire who reckoned it was her business and alerts did not apply to her.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:58:54 PM »
The economic argument in favour of reunification has already been proven. But good luck getting that to resonate with the unionists, they'll just dismiss it out of hand. That's a detailed report put together by senior and impartial economists. On the other hand, Jimmy Deenihan was once asked a question on camera about whether or not we could afford reunification, and the unprepared minister grumbled for a second and said "uh, uh, no really....."


Sadly, the economic argument has not been proven. A fundamental problem is that SF are not credible on economic matters and don't seem to have realised that economics is the biggest obstacle to moving thing on.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:57:32 PM »
Up my direction it has been a bit windy alright but nothing really bad. Getting a day off school tomorrow again though. A bit unnecessary.
Exactly. I didn't ever see a report anywhere that there was going to be an issue tomorrow.
There hasn't even been an issue today in this part of the country.

There might well be some issues not that far away, after all a man died in Ravensdale, and I'd say it is pretty draughty in the north-west right now, but they chose not itemise the schools concerned.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:47:32 PM »
Aye the wife and kids are over joyed!! I'm traveling to Dublin tomorrow, surely it will have passed by then? I thought it was to be gone by 10 tonight!

it is going to be windy for the rest of the week, but more your normal wind.

I imagine schools remain closed as some roads will be blocked with trees etc and other schools will have no power.
They probably could have opened the city schools no problem, but then you'd have a whine.

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