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Rinneadh tri fhoireann de fhoireann rugbaí Auckland anseo san 80ú toisc go raibh siad ró-láidir agus go raibh an daonradh ag méadú

Ansin tháinig an ghairmiúlacht agus Sky TV anuas agus tá an córas rugbaí áitiúil loite acu...

Tá bagairtí níos measa ann don CLG ná BÁC!

Some members of Joe Public realised it earlier this year and stayed away.
Won't hit HQ as a combination of Rhubarbs reaching the Semis and a Final replay means the coffers will be bulging.
Journalists won't bite the hand that feeds them so they will continue to string cliches together.
Average attendance is the key stat
They won’t get replays every year
RTÉ are in trouble again. Maybe they could dump the football until sanity returns

GAA Discussion / Re: Who is the most bitter after Dubs do 5 in a row
« on: September 15, 2019, 09:31:10 PM »
When does the general public realise there is a problem ?
7 in a row ?
When do journalists refuse to take part in the charade ?

GAA Discussion / Re: Who is the most bitter after Dubs do 5 in a row
« on: September 15, 2019, 07:09:27 PM »

 still think the situation can be fixed.
Of course it can.

There’s definitely All Ireland’s in the Kerry team.

And it just needs Galway, Meath, Kildare and Cork to get their houses in order. No reason why they can’t have panels of 30 as good as Kerry.

Galway have just parted company with their senior hurling and football managers over budget cuts.
The Dubs get €1.2 m from the GAA and have the biggest sponsorship income.

This problem won’t fix itself over time.
It’s going to get a lot worse.

Dubs don’t want the county to be subdivided but maybe there will be no choice.

GAA Discussion / Re: Who is the most bitter after Dubs do 5 in a row
« on: September 15, 2019, 02:31:43 PM »
The video in this link is very interesting :

The GAA have destroyed their number 1 competition

GAA Discussion / Re: Who is the most bitter after Dubs do 5 in a row
« on: September 15, 2019, 12:03:46 PM »
I'm happy about Dublin winning yesterday. I was cheering them on yesterday and I will be cheering them on next year. I did not want Kerry to win. I was disgusted they drew the first day. The way that Kerry Pundits write and the sense of entitlement that the Kerry fan carries makes them unbearable.

Dublin's dominance does not affect my county's (Mayo) chances anymore. It's a relief that we are no longer at the front of the chasing pack. We are now part of the forgotten others of GAA football. So I can enjoy this now annual circus of funding imbalance and home venue imbalance without any emotional attachment. Dublin winning and the media/Gaa trying to talk up a meaningful challenger each year has now become amusing.

Less will go to games next year. Already there is a decline. Kerry the leaders now from the chasing pack are renowned for being poor followers.

For Kerry (the Kingdom) there is a real fear. Yesterday Dublin surpassed one of Kerry's crowns by getting 5. In 2010 Dublin had 22 AI titles they now have won 7 in a decade and are at 29. From 1958 to 2010 Dublin won 7 titles, So they are catching up with Kerry's 37 rapidly!

I look forward to congress again this year as the delegates continue to argue over a plethora of red herring issues within the game.
Kilkenny footballers get a lot of stick but they have been vindicated.
The championship is a farce

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 14, 2019, 08:54:24 PM »
Congrats to the Dubs.

Hard to see where Gaelic football is going with this dominance but I am looking forward to the O'Byrne Cup and League where we can play bad football well.

And, for the record, Ger Canning is a tool.
The GAH have a problem now. They can’t switch the Dubs off
and they refuse to recognise the nature of the crisis.
Anyone can make a mess. Anyone can fund one team at the expense of the rest . How to get back to equilibrium is the challenge.

“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. “
Flannery O’Connor

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:22:09 AM »

A flight crew's reluctance to use cup holders in the cockpit caused a passenger plane to be turned around midway across the Atlantic after coffee was spilled over the aircraft's radio controls, a report has found.

A 49-year-old pilot was taking 326 passengers from Frankfurt in Germany to Cancun in Mexico on February 6 this year.

At 4.20pm, when the aircraft was west of Ireland over the North Atlantic Ocean, the pilot put his coffee on a tray table as he carried out checks.

The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) stated in its report that crew did not like using the holders supplied because the cups were too small, making it difficult to get them in or out.

As a result, the cup, containing the hot beverage, was knocked into the pilot's lap and some liquid splashed onto the control panel.

It immediately caused the public address announcements system to fail, but 40 minutes later the unit became very hot and a burning electrical smell started to fill the cockpit.

An hour after the initial spillage, the unit had failed and became so hot that one of the buttons melted, but by this stage the flight was almost half way across the Atlantic.

The pilot, with more than 13,000 hours of experience, decided he had to turn around and diverted to Shannon in the Republic of Ireland.

It landed in Ireland without further incident and the fumes and smoke had not caused any harm.

General discussion / Re: Various bits re Brexit and Economics
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:20:33 AM »

Boris Johnson urged by Cabinet allies to ask for Brexit extension rather than disobey the law and risk Corbyn in No 10

 Anna Mikhailova, deputy political editor
12 SEPTEMBER 2019 • 9:30PM
Boris Johnson has been urged by Cabinet allies to ask Brussels for a Brexit extension rather than disobey the law and risk a Jeremy Corbyn government.

A Cabinet minister told the Telegraph Mr Johnson - who has said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask for a delay - should back down and follow Parliament's instruction to ask for a three-month extension if he cannot agree a deal.

"The Government does not break the law," the minister said.

The Prime Minister has staked his premiership on getting Britain out of the EU on Oct 31 "do or die" whether or not he can broker a new deal.

The comments from the minister, a Brexiteer, are the first sign of a Cabinet split over Mr Johnson's insistence that MPs cannot stop him taking Britain out of the EU without a deal.

It has also been suggested that Mr Johnson could resign as Prime Minister in order to make Jeremy Corbyn ask for an extension, and then force an election to oust him. But the minister said: "He cannot resign. Jeremy Corbyn could end up staying in Number 10 for a year.”

A law which gained royal assent on Monday requires the Prime Minister to ask the EU to delay Brexit until Jan 31 - or for however long Brussels might otherwise dictate - if he fails to agree a deal by Oct 19, the last day of a summit of EU leaders.

Downing Street has indicated that the Prime Minister believes the new Act can be challenged in court, and the minister said that if a legal challenge failed he would have no choice but to comply with the law.

"He should say he is obliged to by the courts", said the minister, adding that this could be enough to appease Brexiteers as Mr Johnson would make clear it was against his will.

Mr Johnson should then continue to push for an election during the three-month extension period, the minister said.

Asked if they would prefer Mr Johnson resign or seek an extension, the Cabinet minister said: “extension”.

If Mr Johnson refused to comply with Parliament's demands to request an extension, he could be taken to court and ordered to do so by a judge. If he still resisted, he could be held in contempt of court and face a possible jail sentence.

The minister suggested that would trigger a confidence vote which would be likely to result in a Corbyn premiership.

On Thursday Tory rebel Sir Oliver Letwin said Mr Johnson’s plan for a general election could be blocked by the House of Commons until next summer.

Sir Oliver, one of 21 MPs expelled from the party after voting against the Government, said a cross-party alliance is ready to insist that an election be delayed until after key decisions on Brexit have been settled, either by a deal or through a referendum, possibly as late as summer 2020.

Having a Brexit-focused general election “muddles things up”, Sir Oliver told the Evening Standard.

On Thursday the Prime Minister insisted he remained confident that it would be possible to reach a deal in time for it to be agreed at the EU summit in October.

"I'm very hopeful that we will get a deal, as I say, at that crucial summit,” he said. “We're working very hard - I've been around the European capitals talking to our friends.

"I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you can do it - it will be tough, it will be hard, but I think we can get there."

In a further sign that Mr Johnson will now try for a compromise Brexit deal, the Cabinet minister said the "ERG will be harder to convince than the DUP" in trying to get an a new deal from Brussels through Parliament.

Meanwhile, Michel Barnier,  the EU's chief negotiator, said the EU is waiting to consider any UK proposals to replace the Northern Irish backstop.

"We are still ready to examine objectively any concrete and legally operational proposals from the UK," he said.

A No 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has been crystal clear, we will be leaving on October 31 and the government will not be seeking an extension."

General discussion / Re: Various bits re Brexit and Economics
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:17:30 AM »
Peter Foster write a lot of sense, which is unusual in the publication he works for.

The DUP should now favour this referendum idea and hope that the English let them off the hook by cancelling the whole thing.
He's really good, I think
The DUP got GBP 2bn out of the pantomime so they should retire with their winnings 

General discussion / Re: Various bits re Brexit and Economics
« on: September 13, 2019, 09:56:35 AM »

Second referendum could provide us with a route out of purgatory

Another day of negotiations in Brussels ended this week without “tangible progress”, to quote one EU diplomat, raising further questions over how the Brexit impasse might be broken – both in London and Europe.
Europe sees that Boris Johnson is boxed in on all sides. They welcome his “step in the right direction” in recognising that Northern Ireland needs unique arrangements, but only in the hope that one step will lead to several more.
On the substance of a backstop the EU remains unmoved: any alternative must deliver a “fully open” border in Ireland. Dress it up how you will, that means a Northern Ireland-only backstop, including customs.
The EU’s encouragement is founded partly on a calculation: Mr Johnson does not want an extension; he does not want “no deal”; and he cannot get away with breaking the law – ergo, he will accept their Northern-Ireland only solution to deliver Brexit (and if this is proves to be a miscalculation, then the EU’s receptive language at least insures it against claims from Mr Johnson that their intransigence was to blame).
A second reality is also dawning in EU capitals. After Theresa May promised three times to get the deal over the line, and three times betrayed the EU Council’s confidence, any deal must have a demonstrable majority in Parliament. Europe is privately deeply sceptical.
Why would Labour and the opposition agree to a deal that leaves Northern Ireland in the Single Market and subjects the rest of the UK to a hard, “Canada Dry” Brexit that introduces frictions and even tariffs between the EU and UK?
To do so would be to enable Mr Johnson to make good on his promise to deliver Brexit by Oct 31 and secure a “Tory” Brexit that is a million miles from the closely aligned “worker-friendly” Brexit promised by Labour.
It makes little sense. The unions know that if Brexit brings frictional costs of customs and regulatory barriers with the EU, then UK manufacturers will have to suppress wages as inflationary pressures rise in order to remain competitive.
Not a good look for Labour. Which brings us to the idea – being gamed out in Westminster – that Mr Johnson fails to land a deal and is forced to seek an extension to Article 50 – and contrary to a lot of popular assumptions – a general election does not ensue.
Just as the opposition and Tory rebels declined to back a general election, so they might decline to do so again – until Parliament agrees a deal.
Senior Tory rebels say privately they will not vote against the Government in a “no confidence” motion, but choose instead to keep Mr Johnson’s Government “in purgatory” until Parliament has taken control and passed a Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
That deal, perhaps with some additional softening of the kind agreed during cross-party negotiations earlier this year, would look very like Theresa May’s “52-48” Brexit – and be subject to a confirmatory referendum.
That might sound like a Remainer fantasy, but Parliament has already exerted its will over the question of an extension and the option closest to commanding a majority remains either Mrs May’s deal, or a second referendum. Or a combination of both.
Back in May, there was speculation that Mr Johnson might yet seek to turn the page with a second referendum rather than a general election.
Polls suggest Tory election fortunes will shrink if Mr Johnson goes to the country having failed on his “do or die” promise to deliver Brexit. If that happens, might a second referendum provide him with a way out?

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