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GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: April 29, 2021, 08:59:02 PM »
Fair dues to him. 

At 32, the chances of him throwing on the orange jersey again are slim, but he cannot be faulted for his contributions to club and county over the years. 
People always seem to lay into him for looking to forge a life outside of football which I cannot understand.  Had he been mediocre nobody would give two fiddlers what career aspirations he would have. 

Looking forward to county matches starting up again, Armagh have their work cut out for them however.  Donegal and Tyrone will fancy their chances of de-throning Dublin later in the year, so early markers will be laid down. 
Armagh have to play conservative against these teams or face getting steamrolled.

100%. Hard as it might be for certain numpties to understand, but these young men actually have lives outside of football. Neither Clarke, nor anyone else, has an obligation to play football just because they happen to be good at it.

Jamie has given Armagh and Cross many magic moments over the last decade or so (through a period of time in which they were in particularly short supply). If he really has packed it in then he deserves to be remembered very fondly.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: April 29, 2021, 02:15:02 PM »
Oh right so we should take what he said and take the exact opposite meaning from it.

Now you’re getting it!

It’s a football press conference - home to about as much genuine sentiment as those DUP tweets wishing Arlene Foster well in her future endeavours.

A learning moment for you, perhaps.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: April 29, 2021, 12:57:18 PM »
Mild mannered, low profile American, conscious of his status as an outsider in European football, says nice things when asked about another club at a press conference.

Literally every presser in the entire history of football is riddled with inane platitudes like those. Meal worms for the tabloids and the gullible.

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Arlene overboard!
« on: April 29, 2021, 12:43:14 PM »
The DUP is in a similar position to FF in 2010. They fucked up and it will hurt local  living standards.
Alliance and UUP did not go down the Brexit rabbit hole.
If there were a GE now the DUP  would be hammered
I think if there was an election now, the DUP will lose votes. A small amount will go to the UUP, a larger amount of the moderates will go to Alliance....but I think the majority of lost votes just will not vote as they don't have a party to represent them.
I'm not sure what that will mean to the demographics of the parties in charge.
SF could well become the largest party....my understanding is the party providing the deputy first minister has to be a unionist party which would mean even if Alliance are the 2nd largest party they wouldnt qualify as being in a position to enter the OFMDFM posts as they identify as cross-community. I might be wrong on that...but if it is the case, we could see a situation where the DUP are still filling the DFM role even if they were the 3rd largest party electorally.
Weird setup.

There’s this in the St. Andrew’s agreement. Is ‘other’ an actual designation?

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9. Appointment of Ministers in the Executive. An amendment would be made to the 1998 Act on appointment of Ministers in the Executive. The Nominating Officer of the largest party in the largest designation in the Assembly shall make a nomination to the Assembly Presiding Officer for the post of First Minister. The Nominating Officer of the largest party in the second largest designation in the Assembly shall similarly nominate for the post of Deputy First Minister. The d’Hondt procedure will then run, as already set out in the 1998 Act, to fill the Ministerial posts in the Executive. Where a vacancy arose later in the office of the FM or DFM, the nominating officer(s) of the party(ies) entitled to nominate as above for the office(s) would do so and the nominee would take up office once he had taken the pledge of office. Where a vacancy arose in another ministerial office, it would be filled as at present. It will be a matter for the standing Institutional Review Committee referred to in paragraph 12 to consider whether the new procedures should continue beyond the life of the present Assembly.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: April 29, 2021, 12:29:16 PM »
In entirely predictable news, I see Jesse Marsch has been promoted up the Red Bull system after one of the big boys came for Nagelsmann. Very naive to ever think he was going anywhere else, as some on this thread seemed to think was possible just last month.

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Arlene overboard!
« on: April 28, 2021, 01:35:00 PM »
Read today that the DUP has only about 750 registered members. That seems a shockingly low number, especially considering that 160+ of those will be elected representatives. The talent pool must be very shallow.

How many members would other political parties in the north have?

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Fleg Lives Matter
« on: April 27, 2021, 08:35:02 PM »
I'm at a loss to think who could succeed her (& improve their lot). Theres not much talent in Stormont so an MP quite likely to be elected Party leader with a mini bigot elected as leader of the MLAs, Poots or Givan maybe - a further lurch to the right guaranteed.

They've always said Nigel Dodds is the power behind the throne, wonder could he do it from the Lords.
No doubt the LCC read them the riot act (pardon the pun) when they met a few weeks ago. I'd reckon Poots a candidate as he has been taking cuts at Arlene over the past year about Brexit and Covid restrictions, was up to his balls in the recent removal of border officers from Larne etc. so I would say has been preparing the ground for this for a while.

Poots not long after cancer surgery. Would he be bothered?

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 27, 2021, 01:19:55 PM »
He's not firm enough. He does bits and pieces holding Boris to account but not enough. This government is atrocious - if he was in any way doing a good job surely labour would be at least catching up with them in the polls?

Starmer and Labour were polling alright until Johnson pulled the vaccine out of his arse.

The enormous Tory majority means it's a long game, with lots of swinging and bouncing all the way to 2024.

There'll be plenty of ammo for the opposition once the fog begins to lift on Covid and Brexit. Probably better to pick their moments a bit closer to election time.

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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: April 26, 2021, 12:44:31 PM »
I was today years old when i first noticed the spelling is wrong in the title.....

And the OP someone that now spells for a living!

@Mod5, any chance of changing the FAI/ ROI soccer team thread title? France 2016 was a while ago.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 23, 2021, 11:31:04 AM »
The craic with these domestic vaccine passports seems very overplayed, in this part of the world anyway.

The time when they would offer some utility is right now, but they won't be entertained until everyone has been offered the jab - which is fair enough.

Vaccine take up to date has been extremely high. If that continues down the age groups, the benefit of a vaccine passport system will be negligible. So negligible as to not be worth the hassle of riling up the hold outs.

Unless vaccine take up drops off a cliff in the under-30s age group, I'd be pretty confident we'll never be asked for a passport to get into a pub or a match.

You can be sure you’ll be asked for a passport, even if every one in the world is vaccinated

How can you be sure?

He can't be. He's just making up things to be annoyed about. As if there aren't more enough real things in the world to be pissed off about...

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 23, 2021, 10:40:32 AM »
The craic with these domestic vaccine passports seems very overplayed, in this part of the world anyway.

The time when they would offer some utility is right now, but they won't be entertained until everyone has been offered the jab - which is fair enough.

Vaccine take up to date has been extremely high. If that continues down the age groups, the benefit of a vaccine passport system will be negligible. So negligible as to not be worth the hassle of riling up the hold outs.

Unless vaccine take up drops off a cliff in the under-30s age group, I'd be pretty confident we'll never be asked for a passport to get into a pub or a match.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 21, 2021, 04:46:58 PM »
According to figures from the hse more people died in Ireland in

2016
2017
2018
2019

than in 2020.

I wasn’t “aware” of Covid pre 2020.

Why is it always about deaths with you lads?

The dead didn't bung up health services the world over for most of the last 12 months - they just died and were put in the ground.

It was those that 'survived' infection that burned through weeks and months of ICU resources and medical staff time. These people were the problem, not the dead. Do you and your wolf buddies ever chat about these numbers?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: April 18, 2021, 11:05:50 PM »
With all the money being funneled to Dublin, it has much more of an negative effect on the smaller counties who struggle to raise the amount of finance needed. When the GAA even out the spread of the financial support to all counties equally then we can debate the merits that the funding has on the improvements on individual counties. Maybe it is a coincidence that Dublin dominance started when the financial assistant was ramped up but if the money was distributed equally we would be in a better position to assess the benefits.

Team/player preparation is so professional now the gap between the bigger and smaller counties has grown significantly to the stage were you rarely see shocks these days. The days when the likes of Sligo, Leitrim, Limerick etc were able to compete with the likes of Dublin, Mayo and Kerry are long gone.

A weak attempt at conflating Dublin's recent absolute dominance with the well established standing of the other two. Only one gap has really grown - the one that has lead to Dublin winning every one of the last six All Irelands and all but one of about the last 600 Leinster titles.

By contrast, Mayo have won just one of the last five Connacht titles and are regularly overturned by half of their provincial rivals. It's also been a lifetime since they won an AI. And Kerry aren't even the current Munster champions. That's Tipperary, who were pushed most on the way to that title by Limerick.

And plenty of shocks still happen outside of the sphere of Dublin repression. Tipperary's Munster title; Cavan's Ulster title; Fermanagh beating Monaghan; Kildare beating Mayo - all shocks involving big guns in the last two or three seasons.

There is a healthy and exciting intercounty championship waiting for us if one big problem is tackled. We all know the solution, but it seems that we'll limp along for a lock of years yet before there's the courage and initiative to see it happen.

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General discussion / Re: European Leagues.
« on: April 14, 2021, 11:40:01 PM »
Chelsea on league form are the worst team left

Apart from PSG, who've lost 3 of their last 7 in a dung league.

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General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: April 08, 2021, 09:39:21 PM »
Might be waiting a while on a reply, smelmoth.

Labane1917 Banned permanently under Rule 8

Sid Waddell and Angelo banned for 15 Days each under Rule 9 - Feuds

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