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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: November 21, 2019, 02:45:25 PM »

In terms of payments, GB might - might- agree to fund the commitments they already made to NI in GB budgets. In return they’ll want the ROI to take on NI’s share of sovereign debt, public sector pensions, etc etc.


The UK government will still be responsible for paying any pension rights accrued while working for the UK government. The same goes for old age pensions etc. The British OAPs who retire to the Costa del Sol still are eligible for UK pensions. My parents who worked in the US in the 60s and paid social security contributions received US social security payments when they reached retirement age even though they no longer lived in the US.

-- adding
also I worked for a few years in NI before moving to the US and I will receive some UK pension benefits when I reach retirement age.

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:04:17 PM »
My impression of SF is that they're run along military lines. You follow orders from the top and don't question them, which is why a leadership contest in SF looks so strange and infrequent.

I often find their supporters to be fairly thin-skinned; they take criticism of the party very personally.

Am I alone in this and completely off the mark?

Michelle O'Neill and Mary Lou McDonald both seemed to be chosen as leaders in their respective positions without an election.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2019, 09:41:24 PM »
But in an away game in Windsor Park, would be 50/50 at best.

RoI are ranked above NI in any table I have seen, would that not mean a home game.

Draw on Friday will dictate venue for the “final”, I think. Wales doing the business so it’s a trip to Bratislava for Ireland.

Seems you are right

https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/Regulations/uefaorg/Regulations/02/54/36/05/2543605_DOWNLOAD.pdf

17.04 For each play-off final, a draw is conducted in advance to determine which semifinal winner will play at home.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 19, 2019, 09:11:47 PM »
But in an away game in Windsor Park, would be 50/50 at best.

RoI are ranked above NI in any table I have seen, would that not mean a home game.

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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:47:49 PM »
What else do you expect from a stoop

What’s a stoop ?

Stoop Down Low Party

Pretty infantile but seems to be standing the test of time.

It's a well known SF tactic. Nicknames and mud slinging. Stoops, Stickies etc. The DUP and Loyalists have now adopted similar tactics. Thanks for making my point for me. Maith thú!

and Blueshirts. They do like to do a bit of name calling. Trump is the same in he US.

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General discussion / Re: Quinn Insurance in Administration
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:39:03 PM »

According to Diesel,  the dogs on the streets are ones to talk to, they are in the know.


We should put the dogs in the street in charge of everything, that always know everything. In the north they knew all about collusion, who was and wasn't in the various paramilitaries and who was responsible for all the killings.

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General discussion / Re: Israel Folau
« on: November 18, 2019, 08:48:51 PM »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50455162

Quote
Folau, who is Christian, gave a sermon in his Sydney church on Sunday in which he said Australia's decision to pass abortion and same-sex marriage laws had gone against "God's word", adding the nation needed to "repent".

"Look how rapid, these bushfires, these droughts, all these things have come, in a short period of time. You think it's a coincidence or not?," he said.

His comments sparked outrage from many Australians online, who noted the widespread devastation of the fires.

The Televangelist nutters in the US are great at blaming earthquakes, hurricanes, 9/11 etc on people they disapprove of, usually gays and liberals.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: November 14, 2019, 03:46:48 PM »
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/proposal-to-allow-rural-drivers-to-drink-and-drive-is-irresponsible-nonsense-38692397.html

 A call by Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae to allow rural drivers a permit to drink alcohol have been dismissed as “dangerous nonsense”.
Mr Healy-Rae has again made controversial comments about drink-driving, telling the Dail the closure of pubs is killing rural areas.
He has previously called for drink-driving permits to be given out in rural areas.
“They have closed down pubs in rural Kerry and have left the social fabric in smithereens,” he said.

“The Irish pub has been known all around the world as a place of culture, traditional music, song and dance, storytelling, a place where families and workers meet.
“Many cities around the world have tried to replicate the Irish country pub. Now, people around Kerry are afraid to leave their homes to go into pubs, like rabbits trapped in a burrow.”
Speaking at Leader’s Questions, Mr Healy-Rae said he was calling for a permit system to allow people to have two or three drinks and then drive.
“I’m asking you to provide a permit for the people who are only travelling on rural roads so they can have their two pints and drive home.
“Give them a chance to live and give them a chance to try it. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Tanaiste Simon Coveney rejected the suggestion and said people cannot be encouraged to drink and drive no matter where they live.
“You seem to be saying that the way to keep pubs open is to allow people to drink and drive. That is not only irresponsible, but I think it is an insult to so many families who continue to mourn the deaths of people who’ve been killed by people drinking and driving,” he said.
“In terms of trying to return to some kind of old Ireland that was better because people could get into their cars regardless of whether they’ve been drinking or not, and regardless of whether they represented danger on the road, is just blatant, irresponsible nonsense, quite frankly.”
Mr Coveney said the plan would not work and would not help to revive rural Ireland.
He said the Government’s national broadband plan and a rural bus service will help tackle rural isolation.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:28:15 PM »
The Mandalorian episode 1 was surprisingly good.

Are you in the US? I thought Disney+ hadn't launched in UK/Ireland yet?

I will probably wait a bit before signing up though the kids might want it sooner.

No not in US.  There are ways around that.

:)

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: November 12, 2019, 10:56:23 PM »
The Mandalorian episode 1 was surprisingly good.

Are you in the US? I thought Disney+ hadn't launched in UK/Ireland yet?

I will probably wait a bit before signing up though the kids might want it sooner.

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General discussion / Re: Poppy Watch
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:18:17 PM »
Is there anyone on this forum forced to wear a poppy?


McClean is doing it for his reasons, principled. his growing up during the troubles or his family’s experiences of the troubles has shaped his views, his stance is a simple one. He continues to play and the thugs/fans at these games are a minority


I don’t or would never wear one, same as any other remembrance flower.

Maybe so, but the FA should back McClean on his stance. Instead they sit back and watch him get abused annually. The FA staying silent more or less gives arseholes permission to abuse him.

Even the Royal British Legion realises that forcing people to wear it is wrong.

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34720464

A spokesperson for the Royal British Legion says the poppy "honours all those who have sacrificed their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today, and so the decision to wear it must be a matter of personal choice. If the poppy became compulsory it would lose its meaning and significance. We are thankful for every poppy worn, but we never insist upon it, to do so would be contrary to the spirit of Remembrance and all that the poppy stands for."

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General discussion / Re: Quinn Insurance in Administration
« on: November 12, 2019, 02:16:19 PM »
The irish media are some spoofers. Lining up to be on TV to tell us all that they knew about "dublin jimmy" yet Google his now famous name and you'll barely find a mention of him (prior to this last few weeks). Likewise you'll find hardly anything about what's been going on in ballyconnel for years. Yet today these spoofers know everything and even question what gardai were doing.

2004
http://archive.commercialmotor.com/article/21th-october-2004/9/bbc-names-mr-big

2009
https://www.impartialreporter.com/news/13849880.waste-offenders-lose-pound300000-assets/

2010
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ira-bombing-suspect-dumped-illegal-waste-in-northern-ireland-zs2z5bjgw8j

2011
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-14493191

2013
https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/car-stealing-gangs-running-97-2120184


2017
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/businessman-wants-garda-boss-osullivan-jailed-in-row-over-truck-35860812.html

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: November 12, 2019, 02:37:56 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/nov/11/england-drop-raheem-sterling-montenegro-match

Raheem Sterling has been dropped for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after a bust-up with Joe Gomez at St George’s Park.

Emotions were still running high on Monday afternoon following Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City 24 hours earlier and the title rivalry spilled over into the England camp. City’s Sterling and Liverpool’s Gomez were involved in a heated clash towards the end of the match at Anfield and both players had to be separated again after reporting for international duty.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: November 12, 2019, 02:05:20 AM »
As much as the whole Poppy / Armistice build up would give you the skitter - The documentary on BBC2 last night 'They shall not grow old' was fantastic, quite harrowing at times.

It is currently available on HBO here is the US. Took a quick look, I'll add that to my watchlist

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: November 11, 2019, 03:22:33 PM »
My only concern is that despite the strengthening of the squad there is a definite first choice XI developing.

I had hoped that after the Champions League performances Origi would force his way into a regular rotation in the forwards but that hasn't happened.
In midfield Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson are a clear first choice and at the back the only unclear spot is who partners VVD in the middle.

I would worry that if the same 11 start almost every game that towards the end of the season injuries or fatigue could catch up on them.

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