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GAA Discussion / Re: Club Championships Jan-Mar 2019
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:20:15 PM »
Brady, Clerkin and Brolly are clickbait analysts. David Brady used to play with Mayo. Blamed Gaoth Dobhair defeat on their drinking after winning Ulster. Talked also about a bad example being set

Brady and Bernard Flynn are like shock jocks where everything is either brilliant or an absolute disgrace. No in between and I think both do it just for effect I donít even think they believe what they say themselves.

Clerkin is just a poor pundit and a brown noser who constantly references his children, Monaghan or himself, donít know how he gets so much airtime.

Brolly has the ability but chooses to see punditry as showbiz rather than analysis and constantly uses it to push his own agenda.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Club Championships Jan-Mar 2019
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:44:10 PM »
I suppose Brady will be all over the media in the next few days which is likely what he wants. However his comments are bizarre, ill advised and more than anything else ill timed so I donít know how he can rationally back them up without digging a bigger hole for himself. Iíd say Cassidy will be flat out for the next few days with the videos just to rub his nose in it even more, he just canít help himself.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Club Championships Jan-Mar 2019
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:02:41 PM »
I think somebody stole David Bradyís phone or at least I hope they did.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry's crown under pressure?
« on: February 14, 2019, 01:38:12 PM »
Whether or not Dublin do or don't achieve 5 titles in a row should not affect their legacy. They are already a great side but the extent of that shouldn't necessarily be measured in the number of titles they have won. Most people would say that Ronnie O'Sullivan is the greatest snooker player of all time yet he has won less world titles than Stephen Hendry, sometimes it is the way you play the game that is remembered long after you are gone. The best football that the current Dublin side played was probably in 2014 when they were actually beaten by Donegal in a smash and grab win and although they still do play the game in the right way there has also been a strong element of pragmatism employed since then.

I don't know whether they are the best ever, you could argue the toss all day long but another narrow win in an AI final will not really convince me either way. I doubt very much if the present Kerry side are motivated by stopping another team in order to preserve the status of their own county team from 40 years ago. The media may try and build it up as such but just trying to win an AI title for it's own sake is surely their primary motivation.     

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:59:09 PM »
I have attended quite a few Brexit clinics organised by QUB. General consensus is weíre fucked and you canít trust the Brits.

I have just launched a research project to scope the impact of the various Brexit scenarios on the housing market in the north. Should be interesting!

Would be interested to see the results of that project particularly with the amount of foreign nationals living in privately rented accomodation.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 13, 2019, 02:27:59 PM »
By far the best predictor in 2007 of economic chaos later was the  pre-crisis external deficit.  Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain all had current account deficits in 2007 and were all living beyond their means .

In the third quarter of 2018 the UK recorded a current account deficit of GBP 26.5 billion. The UK is also living beyond its means.
Brexit is very dangerous

And there will be some people waiting to cash in on such an eventuality....

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GAA Discussion / Re: John Morrison RIP
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:38:46 PM »
Big character, never conformed and you could say he was eccentric but he always thought outside the box. He had a great way with people as he was a very positive person. RIP John.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:01:29 AM »
I felt that Armagh stopped pushing up on Meath in the final 15 minutes. They had done this  to great effect for the first 20 minutes of the second half. This meant Meath could get out of their defence much easier. Whether this was from a result of instruction from the sideline is something we donít know. Geezer definitely has a case to answer on several issues though, primarily taking Soupy off. R
Also, Rian OíNeill, who continues to improve, started drifting out the field also which left us with no presence in our FF line when we were playing with a wind. He should have been told to stand on the edge of the square and stay in there.. He, in the absence of Andy Murnin, is our most effective target man in attack.  Occasionally Rory Grugan, our most gifted playmaker, was the man on the edge of the square?? We didnít use our attackers effectively. Finally, James Morgan has turned into a liability in defence with his persistent fouling.

We definitely miss Murnin inside, he is crucial to this teams success as a target man. Rian OíNeill is doing well but Iíd better player running towards goal not with his back to it. When his decision making at this level improves he will go on to be a very good player. I agree on Morganís fouling we are giving up too many scoreable free kicks.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:51:44 PM »
Poor performance, promotion probably gone after that result today itís probably more likely that we are in a relegation battle, defensively we are just not good enough. This is the last year of McGeeneys contract and itís hard to see how he can get another one since we havenít really progressed anything if you base it on the 3 League results to date.

The easy out is to blame the manager. Meath have been playing division 2 football for a good few years now. Armagh are just up from division 3 - they were in division 3 when McGeeney took over. Maybe Meath at home are just about a better team at the minute.

Interestingly I can only think of Forker, Sheridan, Grugan and Campbell who would have started in the league game against Meath in 2016. That is some change in personnel.

Itís not a case of blaming anybody but I think there was a bit too much hype before the League began that we could achieve something big this year. I just donít see it happening, we are decent up front but have a lot of problems in other areas of the pitch. For me, we are in a relegation scrap if we lose our next match. Maybe we should wait until the League is finished before making full judgement but thatís just my view as things stand now. If we win 3 or 4 of next few games and get promoted Iíll gladly hold my hands up.

Meath are a consistent mid table division 2 side but I donít think many would have had them down for promotion before the campaign began but theyíve given themselves a chance with some difficult fixtures played already.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:39:17 PM »
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Poor performance, promotion probably gone after that result today itís probably more likely that we are in a relegation battle, defensively we are just not good enough. This is the last year of McGeeneys contract and itís hard to see how he can get another one since we havenít really progressed anything if you base it on the 3 League results to date.

Have you seen the Div 2 table as of this evening? Promotion / Relegation all realistic for any team in the division still, 3 points separating top and bottom.

Of course itís still possible but I just donít see it happening. We play Donegal away and I donít see us getting anything there and I donít expect that 8 points would be enough, more likely 9.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 03:53:08 PM »
Poor performance, promotion probably gone after that result today itís probably more likely that we are in a relegation battle, defensively we are just not good enough. This is the last year of McGeeneys contract and itís hard to see how he can get another one since we havenít really progressed anything if you base it on the 3 League results to date.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 07, 2019, 09:40:02 PM »
Is the real failure in this sorry state of affairs not the Labour party??

The ERG and their apologists within the media would love you to believe that. Those charlatans should be the people held to account for this sorry mess.

Corbyn may have his faults but he is not the architect of this whole Brexit charade. That said I do believe a more centrist labour leader would have helped deliver some form of Brexit deal with cross party support.
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Is that not what he is doing?

Belatedly, probably after he seen the latest poll result.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:19:56 PM »
That's kind of what I was getting at YC. The appeared lack of alternative options by Labour.

Is this article not a bit of a turn up? Spectator very tight wing. Maybe they actually see the DUP for the cretins they are.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/a-referendum-on-irish-unity-might-be-the-best-way-to-solve-the-brexit-border-issue/amp/

I think it's a simple case of English nationalism trumping any pretence that the union is precious. For many Brexiteers the preservation of the UK is important but just not as important as releasing themselves from the shackles of the EU and their delusions that some form of utopia will automatically follow. 

Previous polls carried out last year suggested that many within England would ditch the 6 counties if it became an obstruction to them getting the Brexit that they wanted. I think that article is probably just a manifestation of that. If the DUP did not hold the balance of power im Westminster my guess is that the border would already have been established in the Irish sea.   

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:25:32 PM »
Is the real failure in this sorry state of affairs not the Labour party??

The ERG and their apologists within the media would love you to believe that. Those charlatans should be the people held to account for this sorry mess.

Corbyn may have his faults but he is not the architect of this whole Brexit charade. That said I do believe a more centrist labour leader would have helped deliver some form of Brexit deal with cross party support. 

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: February 07, 2019, 05:13:28 PM »
Peopleís pockets trump their desire for a United ireland these days.

I have no doubt it's a contributory factor.  However, it's too simplistic on it's own.  Up until the last few years there was a move away from nationalism, but it was a move from nationalism in general, not just Irish nationalism.  Plenty more people would have seen the Good Friday agreement as having sort things out, even those that didn't saw it as managing the way to a united Ireland over a long term period.  More again accepted that by voting for referendum in the south you were accepting the principle of self-determination in the agreement.  This meant it was no longer your business.

Ironically despite the posturing in Eastern Europe it took the Brits to put nationalism really back on the agenda with Brexit.  The invite to join into British jingoism proved too much to resist for the DUP (predictably enough) and now they seem in turn to be awaking Irish nationalism.   In some ways similar to early 1900's where unionism gave a big helping hand to republicans over home rulers.

I've said it before that it is beyond believing how short sighted the DUP seem to be.   By keeping things on an even keel they could keep middle of road nationalist pretty neutral about change.  This was giving them a bulwark against the obvious demographic trends and keeping the Republic pretty laissez-faire about things.  I really can't believe that not one of them (or their paid advisors)  was pointing this out.   Instead they decide to get into some kind of turf war with the likes of the TUV when concessions on flags, rights and Irish Language (all things with no material consequence) would have won the day for unionism.  The writing was on the wall when the St Andrews was signed, enshrining a competition with Shinners into the system.

Frankly, Brexit is just the tin hat on it.  The are now riding roughshod over even their own constituency of protestant farmers and business people. So not only are the awaking dormant nationalists they may potentially do the unthinkable and drive some of their own to the other side.

I always hate to badge any group but it is hard to speculate anything other than, for the DUP,  sheer bigotry, supremacy and sectarianism is more important than the Union itself.  Strange as that reads, I find it hard to see other significant factors.  I use to think fear of the Shinners (based on history of IRA and the troubles) drove them.   However, if they had backed the UUP post Good Friday they could have helped SDLP be the only significant political force in nationalism, however then, like now, being the biggest voice in unionism seemed more important to them.

In an era of empowerment, diversity and equality Foster and May seem to be two female leaders are letting the side down badly.

/Jim.

That's an excellent post.  Interesting point when you say "By keeping things on an even keel they could keep middle of road nationalist pretty neutral about change".  I would totally agree with that.  I myself would probably be a middle of the road nationalist where having an UI has never bothered me. I have never been politically minded in the past & I have been happy enough with the status quo.  My mentality though has certainly changed post Brexit and am finding myself drifting more towards a stauncher (for want of a better word) view of nationalism and its been driven by the actions of the Brexiteers and the DUP locally 

Brexit to me is genuinely astounding. I mean the government is trying it's best to make things worse just because people who don't understand and won't listen to reason hate a Boogeyman entity that has actually improved their lives whether they are willing to admit it or not. It has it's flaws, but the EU is not the evil dictatorship some seem to think it is.

Reducing your ability to travel, study and work abroad. Denying your children the chances you had. Willingly jeopardizing a peace process with your nearest neighbour that took decades to achieve to placate morons and charlatans.

Blindly thinking trade deals with countries half way across the world with smaller and poorer populations will cover the loss of a huge market on your doorstep.

Then relying on an incompetent, ignorant and arrogant political class to negotiate these trade deals, when they are the ones forcing through this act of self harm in the most shambolic way imagineable in the first place.

We all know the EU and foreigners will be blamed when the shit hits the fan. 'If only a proper Leaver was in charge, we'd have shown the EU who's boss' they'll say, and then there'll be uproar when they have to queue up for hours getting into Spain on holidays.

How any or this will be explained by future historians is simply beyond me, so many moves made that literally make no sense, appalling application by the government and opposition.

It all beggars belief really. 

A place in hell awaits apparently.

I imagine that Tusk's choice of language was deliberate to provoke a debate. He know full well what the reaction would be. The sheer mention of hell to DUP Brexiteers would have driven them mental with rage and they reacted in the only way they know how. Maybe he shouldn't have mentioned 'hell' but the content of his argument was entirely accurate.

A bunch of middle class elite aided by many media outlets pushing their country over the cliff edge for personal gain. Boris Johnson earned £51k for a speech he give at a Dublin summit a few weeks back. The implications of Brexit will not affect the living standards of any of the people promoting Brexit nor the media moguls who assist them in stoking up fear and division among ordinary working class people.

 

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