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General discussion / Re: Rory McIlroy
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:13:04 PM »
If he ever visits Carlow he might reconsider.

There's a  good chance Foxcommander that he thought he was to be based in Monte Carlo

General discussion / Re: Rory McIlroy
« on: March 27, 2015, 06:49:04 PM »
Rory McIroy will pay tax to Dublin government rather than HMRC

Northern Ireland is set to miss the cut as golfer Rory McIlroy prepares to swing most of his global business operations to Dublin.

The decision will mean a significant boost to the Irish Exchequer as the golfer will pay normal company tax at 12.5% on his royalty fees — which are expected to amount to hundreds of millions of euro over his career.

It is understood that the Co Down native, currently the world’s top golfer, will file documents to create a new company known as Rory McIlroy Inc with the Companies Registration Office in Carlow today.

The new company, headed by Donal Casey, will manage all the royalty payments from the golf star’s various endorsements for Nike sportswear, Omega watches and most recently computer games.

The 25-year-old lives and works in many countries, and could have followed the usual route of creating a complex structure that would have located his management company in the United States while protecting his wealth with tax havens such as the Virgin Islands or Bermuda.

Instead, he has decided to locate everything to do with his brand and intellectual property in the Republic.

Prize money and other earnings won’t flow to the Irish company because they tend to be treated as income, and taxed accordingly by the country where the championship was won. However, he will only pay 12.5% in business taxes in the Republic, compared to 21% in Northern Ireland.

Yesterday, the power to set the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland received Royal Assent from the Queen — although it will be at least two years before it changes. It also relies heavily on Stormont’s ability to overcome the welfare reform impasse and get its finances in order.

Eamonn Donaghy, head of tax at KPMG Belfast, said  Northern Ireland now needs “a date and a rate” for corporation tax to attract potential investors such as McIlroy. “Until there is the certainty over the tax rate and whether it will take effect on April 1, 2017, then people are going to make a decision,” he said

Mr Donaghy, who is also spokesman for Grow NI, the campaign to devolve corporation tax-varying powers, said a big push for transparency around the world meant tax havens were no longer in as much demand as companies tried to improve their image. Many companies are now looking for EU countries with stable tax regimes with low business tax rates.

“Rory may have come to Northern Ireland, but we really need a date and a rate to attract big businesses like Rory McIlroy Inc,” he added. McIlroy ended his relationship with his previous management company Horizon Sports Management following a sometimes bitter legal action.

While McIllroy’s new company draws income from endorsements all over the world, it is relatively small. It employs just six people in management and a further four people in administration.

It also uses many experts in the Republic such as accountancy firm BDO and top advertising agency Rothco.

Sports management has been around for decades, but McIllroy is undoubtedly the first Northern Irish sportsman with the potential to become a billionaire. With 2.5 million followers on Twitter, he has an enormous fan base which means he can attract lucrative sponsorship from companies that would not look at other sportsmen.

The Holywood native is the third-highest paid golfer at present and made $49m (£33m) last year, according to Golf Digest. About $35m (£24m) of that came from earnings off the course, including a sponsorship deal with Nike.

General discussion / Re: The Haas Talks
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:24:53 PM »
Yet another hearty bowl of soup dished out by the Establishment and consumed by the top level once again.

Nothing the shinners do surprises me anymore. It's only a matter of time until they take their seats at Westminster.
After all, they take every benefit going with the role and Martin McGuinness never wastes an opportunity to praise the Queen.

And Gerry and co have no problem calling people opposed to the occupation as "So called republicans".
Maybe they should look in the mirror the next time they use this phrase.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:58:11 PM »
I wouldn't normally watch a lot of rugby but today I couldn't leave the couch as 3 incredible matches were
played out. Great games and some fantastic scores. Well done Ireland as they did enough to claim the championship

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: March 18, 2015, 02:34:46 AM »
I see Martina Anderson and co are in Tel Aviv. No doubt checking out how their friend Issac Herzog is doing in the election.  Of course it will be spun that they are there to go to Gaza. ....

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: March 14, 2015, 12:53:41 AM »
You have to admire the brass neck of SF standing on picket lines with workers who are protesting against SF's budget.  ::)

George Orwell couldn't write the script.

Sure they would show up for the opening of an envelope if they thought they would have their picture taken.

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:25:12 PM »
Spotlight on now BBC1. More shit hitting the SF fan.

Just another Maria Cahill story.

Standard policy will apply.

1.  Attack any other political party that raises this as politically motiviated and accuse them of playing political football with victims
2.  Complain about independent media and their agenda
3.  Cause another issue to raise a stir (Reject a budget, sit in at Dáil etc..)
4.  Deny until completely implausible and then produce some material (delivered anonymously)
5.  Dig up some dirt on victim, if none can be found say that they are being manipulated by other forces
6.  Advise victims to "come forward"
7.  If still an issue return to no.1

It'll all blow over before you know it.


Did Francie Molloy really tweet the "rubbish" remark ( number 2 above ) or is it really number 1 ?.

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: March 09, 2015, 11:45:03 PM »
And there is this episode of Spotlight tomorrow night outlining more sexual abuse and cover up:

Gay ref shown red card over rainbow wristband

Referee for last night's Croker game banned by GAA from wearing symbol aimed at highlighting homophobia and his call for referendum 'Yes' vote

Jesus Distancing Himself From Drogheda Printers

A PRINTING company in Drogheda who refused to print invitations for a gay couple’s civil partnership ceremony have today been given the cold shoulder by Jesus of Nazereth in a scathing new interview.

The 2015-year-old told WWN he did not support the move by Beulah Print, who claim to represent him and his father, stating he would never agree to such a move.

“First of all: that would be a terrible PR move on our part,” said the only son of God. “Neither I, or anyone affiliated with my beliefs, would advise this blatant homophobia under God’s name. Sure, Dad created the two lads anyway. Why would he give a toss?”

Jonathon Brennan, who is due to wed his partner of eight years, John Kierans, said he was refused by the printers for the first time yesterday afternoon.

“I’ve been dealing with them for years,” he said. “But when it came to my wedding invitation, they told me that they didn’t believe in same sex civil partnerships and homosexuality as they are ‘devoted Christians’”

Speaking from his luxury €34mn Shard apartment in London, Mr. Christ reached out to both men, stating that as Christians, the printing company should remember to love thy neighbour as themselves, and not be making their own interpretations of the word of God.

“You see, that’s the problem with books; everyone interprets them differently,” Jesus explained. “Look what happened when Mohammed tried it – a f**king disaster man”.

“I told Dad that getting Peter and the lads to ghostwrite an autobiography was a terrible idea. Now the whole world is getting it wrong,” he added, while shooing a pedicurist who was working on his bunions. “It’s enough to make me want to go public again”.

This is the word of the Lord.

The stand-off between the Tyrone senior football set-up and RTE looks set to continue, after a specially-convened meeting of the county’s top brass on Tuesday night failed to make any progress on the matter.

The county management committee, led by county chairperson Roisin Jordan, met with county senior boss Mickey Harte at Garvaghey to discuss the Tyrone team’s ongoing blackout of the national broadcaster, which is understood to have compromised the recently-unveiled sponsorship with Cookstown-based construction firm McAleer & Rushe.

However, reporting back to assembled club delegates after their discussions, Jordan informed that the county manager had made his position clear that he was not stopping the players speaking to RTE, rather that the players had decided to adopt the same stance as their manager out of loyalty to him.

The situation reached boiling point last Saturday night when Jordan visited the Tyrone dressing room to request a player for an RTE interview, but the chairperson was forced into an uncomfortable apology to the RTE representatives when the request was flatly turned down.

It is understood that Tyrone officials will now make their response to their sponsors to confirm that they are unable to deliver on the agreement that Tyrone’s players and/or management would make themselves available to requests from all media outlets, which could in turn lead to a renegotiation of the reported £55,000 a year plus bonuses sponsorship agreement.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: March 05, 2015, 12:25:35 PM »
Jim McCann balladeer.

A fine singer all right. Grace is one classic Irish ballad that he made his own.

I was in his company for a couple of days many years ago in California and not only was he great company, but a real gentleman.


The DUP and the UUP had no problem backing permission for a memorial bench in memory of the notorious
LVF thug Mark "Swinger" Fulton in Craigavon

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: March 02, 2015, 06:24:16 PM »
Thanks for the heads up earlier folks. Tuned into the PGA golf radio station and followed the final few holes.

Great win for one of the greatest sporting ambassadors to come from Ireland.

He will enjoy this one for sure !!

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