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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 24, 2020, 10:28:26 PM »
But FF destroyed the country doing it. Nobody wants them back in, but the other arse cheek have to go. Yet as we see on here, nobody willing to take a plunge on something new

The issue is not what whose polices were in the past, but what they are now.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: January 24, 2020, 10:27:28 PM »
Are we genuinely living in a world that believes China will build a hospital in 10 days! The mind boggles!

It will be simple structure, but will do the job. Perhaps, they even had foresight to prefabricate such an edifice in anticipation of exactly this type of event, they aren't the HSE.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: January 24, 2020, 08:01:54 PM »
Picard.

Jean Luc is back, don’t listen to the critics, they have to write something controversial to appear relevant.

Excellent first episode, did a fine job of reintroducing a character with the depth of Picard, gave enough detail to fill people in on the events of the last two decades and introduced new characters with just enough depth to give you a slight flavour of their relevance, while still leaving many questions and a little mystery surrounding them all.

From the trailer at the end it looks like it will get even better. Really looking forward to the next episode, unfortunately we have to wait a week, very 1990s.

Engage.

Hopefully, in the extended timeline he got to fire phasers into your woman Vash.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 24, 2020, 07:53:27 PM »
The whole thing has turned into an auction, free money for this, free money for that. Zero interest in fixing the source of the problems. Did we learn nothing from the past?

The fact FF are on the verge of seizing powe again is an emphatic no to that question.

Other parties are just as keen on the auction as FF, the latter may well have learned something from the past.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 24, 2020, 07:36:37 PM »
The whole thing has turned into an auction, free money for this, free money for that. Zero interest in fixing the source of the problems. Did we learn nothing from the past?

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: January 24, 2020, 07:30:51 PM »
Huge figure who did great work. RIP.

Did I read somewhere that he played minor football for Armagh?

In 1957
https://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/oral-history/video/seamus-mallon/

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: January 24, 2020, 04:32:00 PM »
Armagh and Kildare are flaky. Roscommon, Clare and Cavan are missing a silly mount of players. Laois look to be in a bad place. Westmeath went from D1 to 2 to 3 to 4 to 3 to 2 in consecutive years & Fermanagh were'nt far away in the league last year. In conclusion I dont expect 2 from Armagh, Kildare nd Ros to go up.

I wouldn't be surprised if Armagh had the same flaws as last year.

I’ll despair if we do.

Should be good to watch though

should be frustrating to watch

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 24, 2020, 12:13:27 PM »
Way to approach this is by making planning consents conditional on 20% affordable housing.

Absolutely not, this is the kind of wrong thinking that has country the way it is.
If you have this kind of 20% condition then you are putting the cost of that housing on the other 80% who are people not much different than the lucky few who get the affordable housing.

If public housing is desireable then every taxpayer should contribute to it, not just those buying their first house who are less well able to fund it.

While I understand that view, in the case of cities like Dublin you need the artists, the wait staff, those who provide various services, to be able to live there otherwise you force on them a poor quality of life and the city loses too. I think if we can build more rental high rises (and sales), it’s for the better of society if you allocate a certain percentage to low income and means test the applications. I think rent freeze is a terrible and populist idea by Sinn Fein and instead what should be done is a certain amount of rent stabilised apartments like they do in New York. As I said in previous posts we need to partner better with good property developers to solve this. Ged rid of obsession with owning. Put the bitteen of money in some index funds and you will get a far better return instead of the Mammy Philosophy of you need to own a home.

well said, people are obsessed with getting a mortgage. all that does is make you a slave to the bank for 30 years, liable for all the bills, maintenance, upkeep, etc. After that time you will be lucky to break even with all the interest paid, but you still need somewhere to live. Pay rent monthly and grow your money smartly in other areas, pay into your pension etc. Plus if you rent you can move anywhere quickly if you want to for work, family etc. A house/ apt is a noose that strangles young people and makes solicitors, estate agents and property funds rich.
Based on personal experience, I disagree completely.
I bought a modest enough 3 bed semi in Dublin 5 back in 1991. It cost 30,000 punts and was just about at the top end of my budget. However, being in Dublin 5, it was centrally located and I knew it would prove a worthwhile investment. It was ideal as a small family unit with plenty of space front and back and kids could run around without imposing on neighbours to any great extent.
It was an average house in an average residential area but today the asking price for houses in this part of Dublin is between €450,000 and €500,000 and the likelihood is that prices will keep rising.
I own the house, lock, stock and barrel. (Whatever that means!)
We had a temporary glitch in the increase of house prices during the last recession but the trend is inexorably upwards. Prices are rising again. With the debatable exception of gold, I don’t know of any other commodity that can increase in value as quickly.
If I had opted for rented accommodation back in ‘91, I’d still be paying rent, dead money, to some third party. I don’t think one needs a degree in rocket science to figure that the rental costs since then would far exceed the amount of mortgage repayments I paid over 20 years. My mortgage repayments ended after 20 years whereas rental payments last for as long as I would be a resident in a rented property.
By any metric you care to mention, home ownership trumps rented accommodation.

30 years ago this was a very different market, it is only one example, are you telling me that if i bought your house now for 450k, in 30 years it will be worth 7 million, complete nonsense. There are many stories of people getting lucky in the market, that's all it is, luck. The majority now are being sucked in by the banks to a lifetime of debt, the sad thing is that we do this willingly.

But you don't get a lifetime of debt, you get 20 or 25 years of debt. Then you own the house outright.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: January 24, 2020, 11:55:26 AM »
Still less deadly than the seasonal flu.

The big problem is if it starts to mutate into something uncontrollable.

Doesn't really matter if countries do go into lockdown - takes 2-14 days for symptoms to appear meaning people can walk through airport controls without showing symptoms but can still transmit the virus.

However, the slow incubation period means that they have time to track down the contacts of the people affected.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 - 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 09:25:31 PM »
GAA at their work too again I see. Cant buy any more tickets for the Armagh match online and very few places nearby that do prepaid tickets (none in Lurgan that I know of).  £19 quid it is then. Joke.

Why would they limit the amount that be bought online?

I'm after buying one now, according to Armagh twitter they are available until noon tomorrow.

https://armaghgaa.tickets.ie/

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 07:13:09 PM »
Looks like Shinners to take Pringle's seat i nDún na nGall de réir pobal breith déanta ag TG4.

I note to that Peter Casey gets feck all, which has to be good thing on balance.



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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 07:04:58 PM »
well said, people are obsessed with getting a mortgage. all that does is make you a slave to the bank for 30 years, liable for all the bills, maintenance, upkeep, etc. After that time you will be lucky to break even with all the interest paid, but you still need somewhere to live. Pay rent monthly and grow your money smartly in other areas, pay into your pension etc. Plus if you rent you can move anywhere quickly if you want to for work, family etc. A house/ apt is a noose that strangles young people and makes solicitors, estate agents and property funds rich.

That's the whole point, isn't it, after that time you have somewhere to live!


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There are of course outliers. There are some parts of Antrim that would be a struggle to make Casement from in an hour.
The vast majority of Armagh is within the hour.
As I said, Monaghan is a bit of a stretch but not by a great deal. A huge part of Tyrone can make Casement in an hour.

Anyway, this was based on the assertion that “Geographically, Casement doesn’t lend itself well to hosting Ulster semi finals”.
It often does.

Only an hour from Casement.



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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: January 23, 2020, 05:32:55 PM »
BREAKING - a man is being treated in Belfast’s RVH for symptoms associated with coronavirus.  The infection that’s caused two cities to go into lockdown in China. @BelfastTrust told the @BBCNewsNI they did not comment on individual cases.

I think the proper thing is build a giant dome around Belfast and fumigate it.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 05:03:02 PM »
Way to approach this is by making planning consents conditional on 20% affordable housing.

Absolutely not, this is the kind of wrong thinking that has country the way it is.
If you have this kind of 20% condition then you are putting the cost of that housing on the other 80% who are people not much different than the lucky few who get the affordable housing.

If public housing is desireable then every taxpayer should contribute to it, not just those buying their first house who are less well able to fund it.

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