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General discussion / £50M - What would you do?
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:14:33 PM »

Biggest share of Maze stadium money 'to go the GAA'


Maze stadium plan The multi-sports stadium plan was abandoned

The GAA is to receive the lion's share of money earmarked for the building of a sports stadium on the site of the former Maze prison the BBC understands.

The GAA is thought to be in line for £50m, football £30m and rugby is to receive about £20m.

The Executive has still to sign off on the plans.

However, it is understood they have been approved by the Department of Culture and Leisure.

There are expected to be developments in the next two to three weeks.

The plan is dependent on the Irish Football Association reaching a resolution with Linfield over the running of Windsor Park.

A meeting is being held on Thursday night over that.

A proposal to build a stadium for football, Gaelic football and rugby at the site of the former Maze prison site was abandoned in 2009.

More than £3.5m was paid in consultancy fees for the project before the decision to shelve it.

General discussion / SF-RUC SF-RUC
« on: November 20, 2009, 12:54:18 PM »
maybe he bored of the garden centre?

Ex RUC man becomes Sinn Fein MLA

Coleraine councillor Billy Leonard has been selected by Sinn Fein colleagues to become an assembly member in East Londonderry.

He is succeeding the party's Francie Brolly who is to retire.

Mr Leonard is a former Orangeman, RUC reservist and member of the SDLP.

Following his selection he said it was an honour to be chosen to replace Mr Brolly "and to represent the people of East Derry".

"It is testament to the growth of Sinn Fein in this constituency that we are able to hold this convention tonight and I would thank all the party members who came along and contributed to this convention in such a comradely fashion.

"The north west region is one of the most deprived areas on this island and it is important that we have strong leadership to ensure East Derry is given its fair share," he said.

General discussion / .
« on: September 20, 2009, 10:38:46 PM »
In an incredible twist in Premiership rules Manchester City were today allowed to play for 96 minutes in their match against Manchester United. Unfortunately, in spite of the referee allowing them 96 minutes in which to score more times than United t...hey failed to do so and United were declared winners.Read More

General discussion / Champs league final tickets
« on: March 09, 2009, 03:10:19 PM »

dealing for the "Neutral" applications - Deadline next Monday 16/3

General discussion / What paper do you take?
« on: February 13, 2009, 02:28:14 PM »
our local papershop is now stocking a range of Irish papers, as well as the weekly Irishpost type jobs.

So which would you recommend and why?

General discussion / Calling all Bards - Alternative Valentines messages
« on: February 13, 2009, 11:47:23 AM »
Heres one to start, do your worst.....

Oh Carol, my heart is full of dismay
On Channel 4's Countdown why didn't you stay?
Two from the top and one from below
You're the mathematicians' Marylin Monroe

General discussion / Geordie love that went too far
« on: February 06, 2009, 04:22:24 PM »

General discussion / Charlie Haughey - still busy
« on: January 28, 2009, 08:19:49 PM »
and a part time barber...

Best scam Ive received to date

Dear Friend,

I am Maureen Haughey, widow of former Taoiseach of the Republic of
Ireland, Charles J. Haughey and daughter of former Taoiseach of the
Republic of Ireland and heir to de Valera, Sean F. Lemass.

The Press has written a lot about unresolved mysteries and corruption
surrounding Charles's dealings, but I tell you something, my Charlie was a
good man. He was human and he did whatever he did. People marvel why I
stuck with Charlie and didn't speak during the mess that came with the
exposure of his affairs with Terry Keane (I just hate to think of her). I
had to stand by him through the tribunal times.. lt was to do with what
I'm doing now. No one knew the details of all Charlie's financial dealings
but me. I remain the only one who knows all who got loans from Charlie and
didn't come back to pay when he was disgraced. I am the only one who knows
about these monies and the other Ansbacher accounts.

I write to you, an old weary woman, sick and almost tired of living. My
end is near but I will not depart until my final mission is accomplished
and I also write this with an unshaken belief in the power of aspirations
and dreams of a human being. The Irish government thinks it can shave and
reduce me to a poor widow
but I have the winning ace. A few years ago,
when we weren't sure if my Charlie would be convicted, he kept some money
in trust for me in a Security and Finance company. He did not open the
account in our names so it will not be traced to us to enable the past
remain the past. The name on the account is Cedric de Vregille. I never
thought Charlie would leave me so soon and it never occurred to me to ask
if this name were fictitious or not or a name of any of his friends. I
have tried to find this man but to no avail. The amount he deposited in
this name is ?30,000,000 (Thirty Million Euros). I want an honest person
to come forward and lay claims to this amount, moreover to use the funds
as instructed by me. I have all the documents needed, I just need a face
for the name.

I have mapped out 10% of the funds for you, as you will help us (you and
I) execute this job. As soon as I receive your acceptance for this work I
shall give you necessary details of my solicitor who will facilitate the
release of the funds in your name.Please reply me via my personal

For my security and the sake of letting sleeping dogs lie, I strongly
advice that you keep our dealings confidential. You can read more about my
Charlie from:

Thank You.
Mrs. Maureen Haughey

General discussion / DVD RW drives
« on: January 06, 2009, 06:02:03 PM »
anyone recommend a decent one, Im replaceing a SONY DRU 500A.

8X write speed DVD-R

General discussion / Our Lady of O'Connell Street
« on: December 09, 2008, 02:00:04 PM »
Radio Éireann supposedly reported this morning that the Muslim council of Ireland have put forward a request to have the statue removed! :o

Anyone hear the bulletin?

Deal brokered to end NI deadlock

The DUP and Sinn Féin have come to an agreement on the devolution of policing and justice powers designed to bring a 152-day deadlock at Stormont to an end.

Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers have set out a series of steps to be taken before policing and justice can be devolved.

The executive will meet on Thursday 20 November and on a weekly basis until business is up-to-date, they said.

There is no timetable but both parties are committed to completing the process

Under a special clause, temporary arrangements for electing a justice minister will be replaced by permanent rules by May 2012

Speaking at a news conference at Stormont, First Minister Peter Robinson said there had been "a satisfactory resolution of the most difficult issues".

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said "significant progress" had been made.

Both ministers said they wanted devolution to happen "without undue delay".

"We are both agreed that policing and justice functions should be devolved, every leading politician in this community is committed to this outcome," Mr McGuinness said.

Weekly meeting

Mr Robinson said: "We have agreed the executive should meet this Thursday, 20 November, the meetings will continue each week until business is up to date, we will then revert to our fortnightly meeting"

"The agreement we have reached represents a very satisfactory resolution of the most difficult issues relating to the modalities of transferring power and meets all of the publicly expressed concerns," Mr Robinson said.

"We believe these arrangements are capable of gaining the confidence of the community and we look to the prime minister to make good his commitment of helping to resolve the financial arrangements relating to the devolution of these powers."

The ministers were speaking to the media after a meeting of the assembly and executive review committee to discuss the devolution of policing and justice.

It was held in private. The DUP and Sinn Féin had been at odds over when the assembly should take these powers.

New attorney general

A new attorney general is to be appointed for Northern Ireland under the agreement.

Currently, the attorney general for England and Wales also holds the post for Northern Ireland.

The two ministers have announced they are "minded to invite" John Larkin QC to take the post.

no deadline, you have to laugh ...

General discussion / Any Archos users on here?
« on: November 13, 2008, 11:55:23 AM »
would you recommend them? What extras are essential?

General discussion / Saving Africa's Witch Children
« on: November 13, 2008, 09:08:53 AM »

Did anyone see this last night?

Shocked is about the only way I could describe how I felt, bad bad stuff going on in Nigeria

General discussion / Modesty/Shyness or too fond of the fry?
« on: November 12, 2008, 10:53:52 AM »

Just four Irish apply for 'Girls of Ryanair' calendar

Just four of the 700 applicants for the 'Girls of Ryanair' calendar were Irish -- despite the proceeds going to an Irish charity.

The 2009 edition, launched in Dublin on Monday, is once again filled with bikini-clad Ryanair cabin crew from all over Europe.

But no Irish women featured in the latest calendar after just four applied. One was chosen but pulled out due to other commitments at the time of the photo shoot.

"We are hoping she will apply again for the 2010 calendar," a Ryanair spokesman said.

The calendars are priced at €10 each and the airline is hoping to raise €100,000 for the Simon Community which cares for the homeless.

Suggestions of prejudice against Irish girls were flatly denied by Ryanair yesterday.

CEO Michael O'Leary has no input into who is chosen for the calender, with the final decision left to the photographer and members of the production team.

But top model Rosanna Davidson believes more of an effort should have been made to involve Irish women in the fundraising project, saying: "If I was organising it, I would have made sure that Irish women were involved because it's an Irish charity and Irish fundraising.

"Any person from any part of Europe would say that Irish women are gorgeous."

The Simon Community's Sam McGuinness said the number of people requiring assistance from their Rough Sleeper Team had risen by 50pc during the first half of the year.

There are currently over 2,000 homeless on the streets of the capital, with over 110 sleeping rough each night.

Mr McGuinness defended the airline's decision to feature bikini-clad women.

"Ryanair have shown a genuine interest in helping and we have taken it at that level," he said.

Last year's calendar sparked a backlash from women's rights groups, including Spanish organisation FACUA, which accused Ryanair of presenting female flight attendants as "sexual objects".

And in a tongue-in-cheek move that is now typical of the Ryanair PR machine, a free copy of the new calendar is to be sent to the agency.

"Ryanair expects that these typical humourless groups will again oppose Ryanair's 2009 cabin crew calendar, but at least they will have the benefit of 13 stunning Ryanair babes throughout the year," a statement read.

Pics here:

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