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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: Today at 09:12:38 AM »
I'd be very surprised if cavan get anything from the match, it's not the amount of players we've lost but more who they are. Mickey Graham has upped the anti in cavan and is taking no shit, training effort is tough and the lads that did stay around are putting it in so maybe that counts for something. Bookies have Armagh 1/3 so I'm expecting 5 or 6 point win for the orange men, they probably wont need to start fighting either to achieve it.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: January 20, 2020, 05:36:23 PM »
Kildare will win league handy enough handy enough.  Jack is above in Kildare 5 times a week for training.  The Rossies or Armagh will challenge for second place.

Aye but they wont be able to afford having a team next year so will forfeit their place in Div 1

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 20, 2020, 01:58:19 PM »
1) Varadkar opposed gay marriage and abortion when it was popular and profitable to do so. He is no better or worse than Micheal Martin.

2) The likes of Eoghan Murphy, Simon Harris, Richard Bruton and Regina Doherty are poor ads for the theory that Fine Gael politicians are on average more competent than anyone else.

3) Neither FG nor FF have any real ideology. See 1).

You are entitled to your opinion as I am to mine. All I say is that I dislike both men and parties - but I have to decide where my No 2, 3, 4 go and thats what I was alluding to.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 20, 2020, 12:48:06 PM »
My thinking on FF and FG is this

1) Varadker is a way more intelligent and astute politician than Martin. At least he says what he thinks even if i so not agree with many things he says. Martin has no opinion on anything and just wants to check which way the wind blows before deciding. He is ball-less.

2) Fine Gael politicians are on average more competent than their Fianna Fail counterparts.

3) I do not like FG idelogy at all and while I dont like FF much either, i would be closer to them than FG.

So basically, I will vote SF No 1 and I am really struggling after that.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 19, 2020, 09:18:18 PM »
If you want to vote left wing in ireland just vote Labour. Why vote for SF? A party of thugs and loonies.

Labour left wing. You know nothing if you think that lsd.

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: January 19, 2020, 04:18:17 PM »
Paddy Holohan proving to be a great addition to the Party in the south!!

https://www.joe.ie/politics/sinn-fein-distances-paddy-holohan-councillor-suggested-underage-girls-making-false-rape-claims-blackmailing-men-691115

Look any party has it's share of lunatics and SF are definitely no different but the fact that they're defending him is just stupid.
???
"These are not appropriate comments to make and are not the views of Sinn Féin."

Ms McDonald said she believed Mr Holohan said he was misinterpreted because he was probably frustrated that the remarks gave the impression he held views different to the ones he is associated with.

https://www.rte.ie/news/election-2020/2020/0116/1107829-sinn-fein-holohan/

Don't shoot me here but in regards to the family man comments I don't really see anything wrong with it. A father  who goes to work and has kids in school would better understand the struggles of juggling work, pick ups, childcare costs etc over a person with no kids.

Much in the same way that a woman would far better understand women's issues than a man would.

I don't see how anyone could take offence by that. The other comment however about heritage was rather stupid.

It had serious homophobic undertones

If it had then of course he is in the wrong. I have just read the clips in the newspaper and was reading them at face value.

Just by reading the comments it could apply to any single policital such as Angela Merkel. Leo being gay should not come into the equation. I wonder if people are reading the undertones because Leo is gay and if that is the case then any warranted criticism can be swotted away as homophobic.

Clearly if he was only saying it due to Leo being gay then it's out of order.
Possibly if he had made an isolated comment about 'Family Man', Holohan might have got away with a yellow card,  but that coupled with the reference to Leo's Indian background separating him from Irish history, not only highlights the homophobic bias but dives full on into fascist ideology - Blood and Soil.   Here Holohan hits two birds with the one stone, Leo's ethnicity and he implicitly states that an Irish person's connection to Ireland runs through generations of Irish blood. He goes further to imply that the pure Irish connection to Irish history only/mainly  flows via the father, possibly there's a drip feed from the mother, but insignificant.
Out and out total gobshitery.

He should be kicked out, a buffoon is what he is

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 19, 2020, 04:17:02 PM »
Latest poll which is the first carried out since December:

FF....................32%................+5
FG...................20%.................-7
SF...................19%..................-1
Green.............7%...................+1
Labour............4%...................-2
Ind Alliance.....3%...................+1
Other...............15%..................+3

That is some drop off for FG in the space of a month, their campaign has got off to a disastrous start. The Black and Tans episode, the homeless man getting hit by a forklift in a tent and the Drogheda feud will all have played a part. This particular government have relied a lot on spin doctoring and PR but people are starting to see through the bull and are judging them on their actual record on health, homelessness and crime which is brutal. I'm not surprised that FF are ahead in the polls but I am surprised at just how far because it is not down to Micheal Martin's leadership or direction but simply because FG have shot themselves in the foot and FF are seen as the only other viable alternative. Are people ready for another FF led government, it would be some form of redemption long before many people would have anticipated it a few years back. 

Both parties have already ruled out government with SF so really SF are just playing for how many seats they can gain whilst the continued decline of the Labour party is the other big talking point.

Agree Michael Martin is one of the most spineless politicians I've ever come across and is not a leader by any stretch of the imagination. I dont agree on SF just going to win seats as coalition is ruled out - that will never be known until we see how the cards fall after the election.

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General discussion / Re: RTE to show live coverage of Royal Wedding
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:32:12 PM »
Who gives a flying f**k.

It seems quite a few people do judging by the amount of articles on it, sad bastards.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:11:42 AM »
Cavan are going to bate Armagh.

Of course they will, any time the ref  is not looking, but who will get the points?

Ah here.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:16:56 PM »
Cavan are going to bate Armagh.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 15, 2020, 09:21:28 PM »
Climate change is happening so I would expect a lot of younger people to vote for the Greens.
I really wonder if enough voters are prepared to forgive FF for 2008 and the bank guarantee.


People should be voting Green as they're the only one who seem to get the climate crisis.

I suspect there are a lot of ex-FF supporters who will be emboldened to return to FF after Leo and co's shenanigans - homelessness and the health service being at all time lows when "the economy has never been better". Never mind the recent commemoration fiasco. Must also be remembered, Varadkar facilitated Johnson's re-election. He allowed him a lifeline when he was "dead in a ditch" by agreeing to a new deal. This has been lost on many people but it should be noted. Varadkar is pretty much a Tory.

I fundamentally disagree with this point. Foe example, the quickest way to reduce emissions in Nuclear but will the greens even consider that? No. So they have their own little ideology and I think that they will be the last people to make a real change. Look at the balls they made out of car tax (emissions vrs engine size vre 2008), what sort of f**k acting was that.


Can you work out why they'd be against it?

"their own little ideology" - this is scientific fact. If you don't accept science that's your prerogative but in my opinion it's not a very tenable position. I for one do not want to leave my kids in a world that is irretrievably damaged which is what will happen if we don't act now. Ignorance is no defense. The facts are out there.

I never denied the science, I stated my opinion that greens have their own little ideology which includes refusing to switch to a clean proven technology like nuclear. It's not about being green, it's about being green their way. In addition they are totally city centric and have no clue of the reality of life outside the cities.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 15, 2020, 01:41:13 PM »
Climate change is happening so I would expect a lot of younger people to vote for the Greens.
I really wonder if enough voters are prepared to forgive FF for 2008 and the bank guarantee.


People should be voting Green as they're the only one who seem to get the climate crisis.

I suspect there are a lot of ex-FF supporters who will be emboldened to return to FF after Leo and co's shenanigans - homelessness and the health service being at all time lows when "the economy has never been better". Never mind the recent commemoration fiasco. Must also be remembered, Varadkar facilitated Johnson's re-election. He allowed him a lifeline when he was "dead in a ditch" by agreeing to a new deal. This has been lost on many people but it should be noted. Varadkar is pretty much a Tory.

I fundamentally disagree with this point. Foe example, the quickest way to reduce emissions in Nuclear but will the greens even consider that? No. So they have their own little ideology and I think that they will be the last people to make a real change. Look at the balls they made out of car tax (emissions vrs engine size vre 2008), what sort of f**k acting was that.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 14, 2020, 03:54:51 PM »

My alternative to MNC's - I don't really know at the moment. All I'm saying is we'd need to get one quickly because the EU will impose Tax harmonisation and probably soon. I think there are areas we could and should be exploring so we can develop indigenous industries that can be sustainable into the future. I think there's scope in renewable energies like wind, wave and biomass for example but I'm no expert. My point is basically - we need to wean ourselves off the junkie like dependence on MNC's attracted by immorally low CT regimes.

12.5% of profits is absolutely not a fair rate of tax - let's be honest about it. Especially when you factor in the huge tax breaks inherent in our system and look at effective tax rates. We have this regime to attract these companies. As I've said before it's unsustainable and from a moral standpoint in my view it's not defensible in a country with so many homeless, a creaking two tier health system and an ever widening wealth gap. "Entrepreneurs" come in many shapes and sizes and their marginal tax rate on profits they draw from their companies is essentially the same as a PAYE worker once PRSI & USC (remember when FG were going to abolish this.....long time ago) is factored in. Every extra € I make in my job the government take more than half of it off me also. These "entrepreneurs" as you call them employ people so they can make more money. That's the bottom line. They are not Robin Hood.

Sorry for splitting in two.

Agree completely re encouraging indigenous business and sustainable renewable energy. But that can be done alongside continuing to attract MNCs. Enterprise Ireland has some great supports for Irish businesses.

MNCs pay 12.5% tax on their Irish profits. “Huge Irish tax breaks” are a complete myth.

Imagine a newspaper report saying Hound earns 100k and pays 50k tax in Ireland. Hound’s brother lives in the Cayman Islands earns 900k and pays no tax. So the Hound brothers have an effective tax rate of 5% and it’s a disgrace!

That’s exactly what the media do with the Googles and Facebooks. They combine their Irish resident company which pays 12.5% tax and their Bermudan or Cayman resident companies that pay no tax, and say overall it’s a 2% effective tax rate. Yes, they use havens to the biggest extent possible, and absolutely fair enough to have a go at that, but to call it an Irish tax break is just the height of nonsense.

These companies employ thousands, pay millions in tax and do lots of business with small Irish businesses. They are fantastic for Ireland. IDA has said in their recent press release that one third of MNCs in Ireland have been here for over 20 years.

Here’s IDA’s latest release on new Ireland wins:

Adesto Technologies Corporation, semiconductors/IOT, have announced plans to partner with the European Space Agency which will see the creation of senior engineering roles in its Cork and Dublin offices.

ARTeSYN, biopharma, plans to expand its operations in Waterford by adding 50 new roles in Production, Engineering, Customer Service and Research & Development

EJ, access solutions, new production facility in Birr, Co. Offaly

Elavon, card payment solutions, has invested in its office, making Arklow, Co. Wicklow a mini Fintech hub in Ireland

Eurofins, life sciences, new Software Engineering Centre in Leopardstown, creation of 150 high-tech jobs

Fort Wayne Metals, medical devices manufacturer, new €10m manufacturing facility in Castlebar leading to the creation of 80 new jobs, doubling their current workforce

FundRock, investment fund manager, new office in Limerick employing 30 people with plans to expand this in the future

Huawei, ICT, new Dublin office which will create 100 jobs

Janssen Sciences, part of J&J, expansion of its manufacturing building in Co. Cork which will create 200 new jobs

Liberty Insurance, plans to create over 120 new roles, expanding its operations in Co. Cavan

Otterbox Products, a smartphone cases, Cork new office, up to 100 employees

Overstock, an online retail shopping site, new European base in the IDA business park in Sligo, plans to recruit 20 employees this year

Panasonic Avionics, in-flight entertainment, new repair shop in Dundalk

Patreon, payment platform, new European Headquarters in Dublin, will create 30 new jobs

PublicRelay, analytics firm, to open an office in Cavan which is expected to create 20 new jobs

Travelport, technology company in travel industry, 22 new jobs in their Dublin operations

WuXi Vaccines, biologics technology, plans to build a $240m vaccine production facility in Dundalk which will see the creation of 200 new jobs


I would wager that half of those wouldve happened without any IDA intervention. The company work for hired 100 people last year, nothing to do with the IDA, all to do with increased sales.

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Apparently it has been researched and for every 10 minute period that a team is down to 14 against the opponents 15, the expected score in that time is almost 2 points favourable to the team with the extra player. The current black card is no punishment to the team, especially the team with a strong bench. Think this was a no brainer to introduce and the yellow card will go the same way shortly (black card will be re-absorbed back into yellow card).

Advanced mark is the one I cannot understand. Can't see any reason for it - what it's trying to combat or achieve.

Well I wouldve thought it was simple enough, its trying to encourage teams to play early long balls and increasing the reward for doing so with a free kick at goal and I suppose as part of that trying to get teams to push up on the kicker more which in turns unlocks the blankets somewhat. Whether it is successful or not I am not sure.

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GAA Discussion / VAR in Gaelic Football
« on: January 11, 2020, 04:50:38 PM »
Just watching soccer here and all the goals being disallowed by VAR for tiny margins. Could you imagine if every score in football were checked. I'm thinking every score would be cancelled for over carrying for a start.

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