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General discussion / Ryder Cup thread ???
« on: October 02, 2016, 10:36:29 PM »

Hurling Discussion / JJ Delaney retires
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:19:10 AM »
Deserves a thread of its own, one of the best ever

GAA Discussion / Canavan steps down from Fermanagh job
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:37:54 PM »

General discussion / Minders caption competition
« on: April 20, 2013, 12:22:24 PM »

Statement From Kilkenny County Board
Posted about 9 hours ago
Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager Brian Cody underwent pre-planned cardiac surgery today and is currently recovering in hospital. He is in good form but has to take a break from team affairs for a number of weeks. In his absence Martin Fogarty and Michael Dempsey will be taking charge of the Senior Hurling Panel. The Co. Board asks that Brian and his family be afforded privacy for the duration of his recovery and will not be issuing any further statements
Mr. Ned Quinn


General discussion / Garda collusion with drug dealer Kieran Boylan
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:52:05 PM »
This is a pretty dirty episode.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has sent a file to the DPP on the case of Kieran Boylan, a convicted drug dealer against whom further drugs charges were dropped in July 2008.
The public interest inquiry has examined the nature of the gardaí's relationship with the drug dealer, whether or not he was permitted to continue dealing drugs while working as an informant, and whether a conviction based on information supplied by Boylan has been rendered unsafe.
It is the longest-ever inquiry conducted by the commission.

The DPP will now consider whether criminal charges should be preferred against members of the gardaí.

For the last four years, the commission has been investigating the circumstances surrounding the case and whether or not gardaí colluded with him in the movement and supply of drugs.
The convicted drug dealer faced six charges in connection with the seizure of €1.7m worth of cocaine and heroin at a transport yard in Co Louth in October 2005.

He was on bail at the time after he had been caught with €700,000 worth of cocaine and heroin in Dublin and Louth for which he was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison.
However on the last day of the court sittings in July 2008, the 2005 drugs charges against Boylan were dropped without explanation.

The Ombudsman's investigation into why those charges were dropped has also examined:

- The nature of Boylan's relationship with the gardaí

- If he was acting as an informant for gardaí, registered or not

- Whether any gardaí knew he was dealing drugs while acting as an informant

- If he supplied drugs to other drug dealers and then gave information about those drugs to the gardaí

- Whether or not a conviction secured on the basis of such information is now unsafe

The Ombudsman said there had been ongoing issues during the four-year investigation between GSOC and the gardaí in relation to the sharing of information, but would not comment on any specific case.
However, twice in the past month, the Garda Commissioner has denied any lack of co-operation.
The Ombudsman has also examined alleged threats against a Louth couple after they reported, in confidence to gardaí, drugs linked to Boylan, allegations that gardaí knew Boylan had a mobile phone in prison, which is against the law, and how Boylan managed to secure an International Road Haulage Operators Licence even though he was a convicted drug dealer.
The file of more than 600 pages is now with the DPP who will decide whether or not criminal charges will be preferred.

General discussion / Marie Stopes abortion clinic opens in Belfast
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:34:58 PM »
What do yis think?

This place looks like a hand grenade for our politicians.

General discussion / Ulster Covenant march
« on: September 29, 2012, 04:53:59 PM »
I had to go into Belfast City centre this morning on unavoidable business and have to say i have never seen so many scumbags in my life. Hoors standing beside the peelers drinking their carryouts on Royal Avenue, i thought that wasnt allowed.

Must have cost a fortune to police it and clean up after it, should they not have to contribute to the clean up costs ?

General discussion / RTE 2 HD launching today on Sky
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:19:08 AM »
Should be on the programme guide north and south today.

Anyone know if it is on yet?

General discussion / Jedward to carry Olympic torch
« on: May 09, 2012, 10:08:12 PM »
I actually thought this was a piss take when I heard it earlier. Are those two fools the best we can offer ?

General discussion / Value for money ? MLAs awarded 11% pay rise
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:45:05 PM »

An independent panel has decided that assembly members pay should rise by almost £5,000 from April 2013.
The 11% increase to £48,000 will be financed by a cut in office costs.
An MLA's basic pay is currently £43,101. MLAs who are committee chairs get another £11,331, while deputy chairs get an extra £5,667.
Junior ministers get £19,609 on top of the basic while ministers get £37,801. The first and deputy first ministers are entitled to £114,535 each.
The Independent Financial Review Panel published its report on MLAs salaries and expenses on Wednesday.
The pay issue has been so controversial the assembly agreed an independent panel should decide wages.
In recent years, assembly member salaries have not risen in line with those paid in the Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.
Its key decision was that basic pay should rise to £48,000.
To mitigate the cost to the public purse, the panel said that office cost expenses which are higher than Scotland, should be cut by 3% per year by 2014.
Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff said his party, throughout the consultation period, had maintained there should be no increase to the salary arrangements for MLAs.
"We believe it would be hypocritical for MLAs to be contemplating an increase in the current economic climate when everyone else is expected to cope with the effects of the recession," he said.
"It is our view that the current remuneration is adequate."
However, both Sinn Fein and the DUP questioned the reduction in the office costs allowances and the knock-on effect that would have on constituency services.
Mr McElduff said Sinn Fein would look at how they could "ensure that constituency services are maintained at the current level".
In a statement, the DUP said it fully supported an independent body setting salaries and allowances.
"MLAs should have no role in the setting of their terms and conditions," it said.
"However, the proposition that MLAs should have a salary increase funded at the expense of their constituency service is totally unacceptable.
"The DUP provides the largest number of advice centres and we want to maintain this vital frontline service. DUP members' priority will be to maintain their constituency service rather than benefiting themselves."
SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said his party did not support an 11% pay increase.
"It would be plain wrong for MLAs to accept a pay increase at a time when people in our communities are suffering and dole queues are lengthening," he added.
Cost of politics
MLAs will also pay an extra 1% a year in pension contributions.
Official figures currently suggest the average full time wage in Northern Ireland is £23,882.
The average full time wage in the public sector is £29,011 and the average full time wage in the best paid group, the professional occupations, is £36,629.
Panel chair, Pat McCartan, said the "assembly should be applauded for having the courage to place these decisions in the hands of an independent panel totally free of political influence".
As well as a cut in general office costs, the panel also ruled that MLAs who are also councillors will have 100% of their basic councillor allowance progressively deducted from their MLA salary by 1 April, 2013.
The eight MLAs who are also MPs will have their Assembly Office Costs Expenses progressively reduced from £37,928 per year to £8,655 per year by 1 April, 2014.
The report said that despite the pay rise, the package in its entirety would save £3.16m over the remaining three years of the assembly mandate.
"This represents a significant real cut in the cost of politics," it said.
Also, in future, salaries and expenses must be paid into accounts in their own names and the employment of family members has been limited to not more than one by the end of the mandate.
The panel, comprised of Mr McCartan, Dr Henrietta Campbell and Alan McQuillan began work in July 2011.
*Subject to salary protection for existing office holders - see IFRP Report page 38.
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General discussion / Every World Press Photo winner 1955 - 2011
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:00:06 PM »

General discussion / Inviting on Demonoid
« on: January 16, 2012, 08:36:03 PM »
My mate got an invite to Demonoid the other day and in turn he is trying to invite me, is there a period of time you have to wait before you can issue an invite?

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