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I wonder would they take so long to decide to investigate if it was a shinner that was suspected of wrongdoing.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:11:17 PM »
That's an interesting graphic.  I'm surprised at how well the 26 (or should I say Dublin, Kildare & Munster) fare here.

of course GDP may overstate things a bit. However, this was 2014, things in Leinster and Munster have improved since then and NI will fall a bit as Sterling goes down the toilet.

Yup. GNP''s a more interesting number than GDP as far as the free state is concerned.

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General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:09:57 PM »
I am not suggesting for one moment there was not widespread discrimination,gerrymandering in the North but I think its effects were over estimated.My parents were of the opinion that there was work of some description always for those who wanted it.As I've said before the middle classes of all hues were exempt from discrimination,Portadown like everywhere else always had its fair share of Catholic professionals and business people who started and grew businesses and lived in the leafy suburbs.

Much the same as the Protestant middle classes in the South I expect.

Seafoid there will be no hard Brexit,despite the bluster.As experienced commentator Alex Kane up here said last week,the Brexit will be so soft (assuming it goes ahead at all) that it will be unnoticeable
Well your Parents were wrong

It looks like Alex Kane was wrong too, unless the whole thing unravels, which is still a possibility.
Brexit is really f**king stupid so it may be revoked

Thatcherism has pauperised huge chunks of England and they reciprocated via a f**k off vote in favour of Brexit
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/File:Gross_domestic_product_(GDP)_per_inhabitant_in_purchasing_power_standard_(PPS)_in_relation_to_the_EU-28_average,_by_NUTS_2_regions,_2014_(%C2%B9)_(%25_of_the_EU-28_average,_EU-28_%3D_100)_RYB2016.png

Jesus! And look at Germany. So much for reunification. The East is as impoverished as ever.

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General discussion / Re: Not born that way
« on: January 16, 2017, 04:00:34 PM »
For the record people with learning disabilities can have children - but don't let facts get in the way of your bullshit.

So can same-sex couples.

Not by themselves

And...?

Just helping you out with a factual statement. Hard to find one here as the thread is littered with a J70 bullshit.

What about different sex couples who need help with IVF treatment?

What about them?

Should they be allowed to have children if they can't do it naturally by themselves?

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GAA Discussion / Re: CPA (Club Players Association)
« on: January 13, 2017, 06:08:26 PM »
Joe, is it ok for Mayo, Kerry and whoever else to go to the US and fundraise money that will never be spent on the grassroots in those countries? What's the difference between that and the GPA fundraising?

Some individual county boards have been known to come out here for fundraising activities too. And no, that's not right either. Money raised here should be reinvested here, particularly money earned from selling broadcasting rights, but that's another matter.

Why should money raised there be reinvested there? I'm involved in international level GAA like you but if Mayo come to Britain or the US and ask expats to help fund their team that's up to the individuals to decide how they want to spend their money. Unfortunately, the money the GPA, Kerry, Mayo and others raise abroad probably wouldn't be given to local GAA units anyway.

The GPA and counties are raising money abroad and spending it at home and I've little issue with that as much of what we get abroad is from money generated at home so it's a two way street. I'd like to see local businesses support us more but we (the international units) need to earn that funding too.

If county boards and the GPA were to team up with local international GAA units, jointly organize fundraisers, and then split the takings in an equitable manner then I'd be okay with that. But not if the international units only get a few crumbs from the table.

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GAA Discussion / Re: CPA (Club Players Association)
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:56:39 PM »
Atypical grassroots clubman GAAboard poster - "I'll give them credit for curing cancer but how many hurls and helmets could that money have bought for underage clubs? I also haven't seen them say club players can get the medicine, is it just for inter county players I wonder? I haven't seen them explicitly say we can all get it so I'm going to assume the worst about them and tell everyone as a fact that it is only for inter county players, the elitist b**tards"

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GAA Discussion / Re: CPA (Club Players Association)
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:55:05 PM »
Joe, is it ok for Mayo, Kerry and whoever else to go to the US and fundraise money that will never be spent on the grassroots in those countries? What's the difference between that and the GPA fundraising?

Some individual county boards have been known to come out here for fundraising activities too. And no, that's not right either. Money raised here should be reinvested here, particularly money earned from selling broadcasting rights, but that's another matter.

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GAA Discussion / Re: CPA (Club Players Association)
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:52:20 PM »


the GPA is only following on from the GAA in regard to viewing the US as a cash cow. 

This is incorrect. The GAA does not use the US as a cash cow. The GAA invests in games development and facilities development in the states. They do not come out here organizing fundraisers and going home with a wad of cash.

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GAA Discussion / Re: CPA (Club Players Association)
« on: January 13, 2017, 02:07:31 AM »
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what exactly does the GPA stand for and who is it supposed to benefit

It started, supposedly, as a player welfare body but it seems to have gotten a bit carried away with itself. It now seems to see itself as an equal partner with the GAA rather than a subset of it, hence the branding of certain events as joint productions between the GAA and the GPA.

The Hurricane Sandy business was one of its more cynical moves. They sent a squad to New York to do some work for a good cause, but by God they made sure there was a full TV camera crew there to cover it. When they returned to NY later to reap the rewards from the resulting goodwill they openly bragged about how they were going to raise a million bucks with their "star-studded" gala. I don't know if they made it to a million or not but if the GAA top brass was throwing around language like that the pitchforks-and-torches crowd would be out in force giving out about the "Grab All Association."

And don't get me started on the Hurling Super Elevens business. Coming up with an alternative sport with professional trappings and as part of a networking event with all the big shots and big donors, while a crumb is thrown from the table to the local GAA units who were never even notified that the whole thing was happening. The North American GAA board was completely ignored in that little episode, they only heard about it through the media like everyone else. Imagine the GPA waltzing into your county with big plans to promote hurling and the local county board doesn't get a look in... it's a bit like that.

I haven't been following them closely of late, but I still view them with a certain amount of suspicion. If they thought they could start a professional hurling league in America they probably would, but the only thing stopping them is their members live on the other side of the Atlantic.

What grinds my gears about the GPA is their smash-and-grab approach to the USA. They see the place as an ATM from which they can withdraw money to line their pockets, while the people actually promoting the games in the US are given table scraps at best and completely ignored at worst.

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General discussion / Re: Martin Mc Guinness
« on: January 13, 2017, 12:08:48 AM »
Mairtin O'Muilleoir's a capable chap. A smart cookie, very progressive, but been around long enough to know the kind of the DUP and wouldn't be a bit naive.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:45:30 PM »
What democrat candidate would have beaten Trump?

Bernie Sanders.

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General discussion / Re: Arlene and The Renewable Heat Incentive
« on: January 12, 2017, 09:53:51 PM »
Would there be any benefit in nationalist voters giving transfers to UUP and PUP candidates? Mike "Postman Pat" Nesbitt would likely be easier to work with than Foster or any other cretin the DUP's likely to put in charge, so it'd do no harm to give them a bit of a boost. And the PUP has always struck me as pretty progressive and forward-looking, once you look past the paramilitary links. They strike me as a brake pedal on the loyalists in the same was as SF were for the Provos.

There might be benefit in Nationalists transferring to other Nationalists!!

Goes without saying, that.

Say you're a moderate nationalist, you might vote as follows:
1 SDLP
2 SF
3 UUP
4 PUP

If you're a shinner then you might vote as follows:
1 SF
2 SDLP
3 UUP
4 PUP

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My understanding of all-Ireland cross-border bodies is that they were introduced via the GFA and not via any EU treaties. The North South Ministerial Council will continue to operate, Brexit or no Brexit.

The "spirit of the agreement" has often been used as a euphemism for what anti-agreement people wished were in the deal, but it has no bearing on what was actually in the deal.

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Why? It's not as if any of the freestate parties will look after northern nationalists? If anything they will be more anxious  than ever to obey their British puppetmasters.😠😠

Ain't gonna happen. It's not in the terms of the Good Friday Agreement so I don't know why this keeps coming up.

Brexit requires a whole new agreement, if only to regulate things previously done at EU level. If there is not to be chaos then NI must remain in the single market, and some additional structures with the 26 counties would be needed for that.

What? Brexit has invalidated the GFA? I don't know where you're getting that from.

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