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Old May 26th, 2011, 06:13 AM   #101
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Really.....you have any evidence to support that? Any recent surveys, opinion polls? Anything like that? What about the people in those counties that have no desire whatsoever to be ruled from Dublin, whether they be Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Atheist or whatever else? What say do they get?


No thought not.


Anyway the border was agreed by the Irish government at the time so less of the bleeding heart. You also signed anyway any claim to them in 1998.

Move on, everyone has. I really don't see any point in discussing this further, it'll never happen. The only possibility of it happening is when/if Northern Ireland as a state votes to support a united Ireland. Until then........lets just be happy we have peace and some stablity FFS.

I can tell you right now Fermanagh, Derry and Tyrone would vote to join the Republic. You know that yourself. And, no, we have not eliminated the goal from our constitution. It's an "aspiration" in the constitution but it still explicitly states that a United Ireland is what we want.

I am happy with stability and peace. But we do not forget the wrongs either. We had the Queen here - and it was very interesting and enjoyable. We have moved on. I am delighted we can accept HM here as an equal sovereign. I think the North is better for the peace. Just look at the development in Belfast. It's wonderful. Let's hope it continues.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 03:07 PM   #102
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Really? The northies have it cushy being part of the UK and they know it, the NHS and such. If i were them, I'd stay put. We couldnt afford them anyway.
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I see the News of the World inc the Irish version is shutting up shop.


Proof everything Bertie touches turns to sh*t! :P


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Old July 8th, 2011, 08:35 AM   #104
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Good riddance to that complete rag of a paper (the UK and Irish versions).

Unfortunately, it's just being replaced with "The Sun on Sunday" - they really must think people are thick!
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Old July 9th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #105
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TBF readers of the NOTW generally are.


But check out the Irish Daily Star. How much irony do you think you could possibly fit on one page? At the top it describes the Irish Sun as the "lowlife brit sister rag" and says good riddance to the NOTW and then underneath....




Seems like someone sees a gap in the market!
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Old July 9th, 2011, 08:44 PM   #106
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Tabloids cater to people that lack the ability to comprehend anything beyond a pair of tits or 'news' that contradicts or challenges the bullshit bubble they live in.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 01:54 PM   #107
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Finally this fraud is deported after years of wasting taxpayers money.

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Pamela Izevbekhai and daughters deported
Updated: 12:09, Tuesday, 19 July 2011

A Nigerian woman who fought a long legal battle to remain in Ireland has been deported along with her two daughters.






Pamela Izevbekhai and her daughters Naomi and Jemima have been deported.

The Nigerian woman had fought a long legal battle to remain in Ireland.

Ms Izevbekhai and her daughters were arrested in Sligo at about 1.30am on foot of a deportation order signed by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.
The family were put on a charter flight from Dublin Airport bound for Lagos, via Frankfurt at about 5.30am.

Ms Izevbekhai sought asylum on the grounds that her daughters would be subjected to female genital mutilation if they returned to Nigeria.

The documents on which she based her case were found to be forged and she recently lost a case at the European Courts of Human Rights in a further attempt to remain in Ireland.

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She brought the case to the European Court of Human Rights but the Court has now found she and her husband could protect their children in Nigeria owning a 5-bedroom villa with the use of 3 cars.


The Court found her husband has considerable financial resources and could relocate the family to parts of Nigeria where female mutilation is less common

It's funny but before the ECHR gave their verdict I distinctly recall the bleeding hearts going into battle on her behalf. They were very absent after the ruling. Shows how naieve they were.

I wonder will she repay the roughly €1 million euros she has cost taxpayers from her villa in Nigeria?
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I move to Dublin on Sunday. Work starts Monday.
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I move to Dublin on Sunday. Work starts Monday.
Very good. Let us know how you get on. And if you need advice just post a thread here.
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Old August 11th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #110
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Best of luck, Dan!
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Old January 12th, 2012, 01:54 AM   #112
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It's been a while since there was anything in this thread!

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Fatalistic, pessimistic Irish still worth a visit, says guide book

RONAN McGREEVY

Thu, Jan 12, 2012

THE IRISH lack self-esteem despite a veneer of “garrulous sociability and self-deprecating twaddle”, according to the latest edition of the Lonely Planet which has just been published.

The best-selling guide book says Irish people’s reputation for having an “easygoing, affable nature is justified”, but our reputation for friendliness is mostly a manifestation of our desire to chat – and our lack of self-esteem is our “dark secret”.

The guide says the pub remains the number one attraction for visitors to Ireland and the focus of Irish life.

Ireland has not lost its “mojo” despite years of recession, says the guide: “the good times may have gone, but Dublin still knows how to have a good time”.

While the book lavishes praise on the capital, it criticises the city’s best-known tourist attractions, notably the Book of Kells and Temple Bar.

The Celtic Tiger may be over but Ireland remains a country transformed for the better over the last two decades, it says.

The writers opine that it may be “ridiculously crude and simplistic” to suggest the Irish are used to hard knocks, but, nevertheless, “there is some truth in it”.

The Irish are “fatalistic and pessimistic to the core”, which is why they have accepted their economic fate more readily than the Greeks, who have rioted in the streets.

While suspicious of praise and tending not to believe anything nice that’s ever said about them, the Irish “wallow in false modesty like a sport” and are fond of the “peculiar art of self-deprecation”.

Begrudgery is also regarded as a national sport and the writers find it amusing that Bono is subject to more criticism in Ireland than he is elsewhere.

The book has two pieces of advice for travellers. Don’t use expressions like “top o’ the morning to you” or “begorrah”, which belong in 1950s Hollywood movies, and do buy your round. The book says “everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”.

Galway city has “an overlaying vibe of fun and frolic that’s addictive” but it is also “a very rainy city, even by Irish standards” and Derry city is a “pleasant surprise to many visitors” even if it is not pretty. The book is less than kind to Armagh city, which has “a dreary, rundown feel to it”.

Larne is “lacking in the charm department”, while Letterkenny has been “ruined by the excesses of the Celtic Tiger era”.

The Lonely Planet series are the best-selling travel guides in the world.

The Irish edition is written by both Irish and foreign writers.

Its co-ordinating author is the journalist and broadcaster Fionn Davenport, who contributes to The Irish Times.

© 2012 The Irish Times
Most of it is pretty spot on!
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Except for the part about “everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”, which as a Dub, I cannot believe. lol
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Except for the part about “everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”, which as a Dub, I cannot believe. lol
Why not? It's the 'real capital', sure.

edit: This is pretty funny!

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FRANK McNALLY

Fri, Jan 13, 2012

PHIL HOGAN’S determination “to finally draw a line under the electronic voting project” will be welcomed by all right-thinking citizens. I trust, however, that – in drawing it – he will not miss the chance to use one of the “stupid oul’ pencils” that Bertie Ahern so hated.

And that aside, if the Minister’s plan to flog the 7,500 voting machines to Irish pubs abroad doesn’t work, I would urge him to consider my previously-stated idea of making them the centrepiece of a new National Museum of Great Irish Failures.

Lined up like the Terracotta warriors (perhaps protecting an effigy of the emperor Bertie from the evils of graphite), they would help commemorate all the things that never quite took off on this island, or that flourished briefly before dying of shame and other complications.

Here’s my suggested list for the opening exhibition, which would of course be titled: A History of Ireland in 100 Rejects.

1. Snakes.

2. The Great Irish Elk.

3. Norsemen.

4. The fashion among Dublin residents for wearing hats with horns.

5. English rule.

6. The Statutes of Kilkenny.

7. Woods’s halfpence.

8. Organised soup-taking.

9. Use of unaspirated haitches.

10. (In certain Midland counties) Voluntary pronunciation of the letter T.

11. Bible-reading south of Newry.

12. The popularity of naming male children after St Fechin.

13. Bag-pipes.

14. Kilt-wearing (except when playing bag-pipes).

15. The Royal Canal.

16. The West Clare Railway.

17. Expecting help from our gallant allies in Europe.

18. The lumper potato.

19. The remedy of duelling as an alternative to the law courts.

20. Ulster saying Yes.

21. The Celtic Twilight.

22. The Hugh Lane museum (1913 version).

23. Romantic Ireland/ O’Leary/etc.

24. Arthur Griffith’s dual monarchy.

25. RMS Titanic.

26. The Boundary Commission.

27. The Blueshirts.

28. The home of a people who valued material wealth only as a basis for right living.

29. Of a people who, satisfied with frugal comfort, devoted their leisure to the things of the spirit.

30. A land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads.

31. Whose fields and villages would be joyous with the sounds of industry, with the romping of sturdy children, the contest of athletic youths and the laughter of happy maidens, whose firesides would be forums for the wisdom of serene old age. Etc.

32. The Shannon drainage scheme.

33. The first-past-the-post voting system.

34. Finnegans Wake.

35. An Tóstal tourism festival.

36. The Tomb of the Unknown Gurrier.

37. Life on the Blaskets.

38. Pipe smoking among women.

39. Croquet.

40. The Kilkenny football team.

41. The hurling teams of Kerry and every county north of a line between Galway and Dublin, except Antrim (and maybe Down).

42. The Meath Gaeltacht.

43. Gold-mining on Croagh Patrick.

44. The DeLorean car company.

45. Cadbury’s Smash.

46. Leave it to Mrs O’Brien.

47. Murphy’s Microquiz-M.

48. Upwardly Mobile.

49. The Lyrics Board.

50. Ian Paisley’s Third Force.

51. Marching to and from church by the traditional route.

52. VAT on children’s shoes.

53. The Calor Housewife of the Year competition.

54. Stefan Klincewicz’s sure-fire plan to win the lottery.

55. Century Radio.

56. Erik de Bruin’s revolutionary new swim-training programme.

57. Guinness Light.

58. Guinness extra cold.

59. Guinness with a dash of blackcurrant.

60. The prospect of climate change ever giving rise to an Irish wine industry.

61. The Eircom share flotation.

62. Ennis, information age town.

63. The Millennium Clock.

64. Millennium trees.

65. The Y2K bug.

66. Social hugging.

67. Air-kissing.

68. Offering each other the sign of peace at times of threatened global pandemics.

69. Elaborate goal celebrations in Gaelic football.

70. The concept of men wearing puffy-sleeve shirts while Irish dancing.

71. The concept of Irish dancers raising their arms during performance at feiseanna.

72. The holy hour in pubs.

73. The holy hour in churches.

74. Calling Navan “An Uaimh”.

75. Daingean Uí Chúis.

76. Colour-coded orbital road signs.

77. The Westlink toll plaza.

78. Operation Freeflow.

79. Parisian-style book kiosks on Dublin’s Grattan Bridge.

80. The Joint Irish-Scottish bid for Euro 2008.

81. The Pirate Queen musical.

82. The Floozie in the Jacuzzi.

83. Cable-cars on the Liffey.

84. The Dublin Dons FC.

85. Compromise Rules.

86. E-voting.

87. The Bertie Bowl.

88. The Galway Tent.

89. The C***ic T**er.

90. Ireland’s Call.

91. Instant tea powder.

92. Prawn sandwiches.

93. Use of the term “nasal congestion” to describe the effects of a hangover.

94. Two-mile-Vegas.

95. Democracy Now.

96. Libertas.

97. Anglo-Irish Bank.

98. Light regulation.

99. The Clontarf Sea Wall.

100. (Barring a deal on debt cancellation) The next EU referendum.

© 2012 The Irish Times

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Old March 18th, 2012, 08:26 PM   #115
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So that paper up North, yeah - the "Belfast Telegraph" - well, they did not seem to notice anything strange about the picture they put on their front page today....it's actually the duvet btw!



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So that paper up North, yeah - the "Belfast Telegraph" - well, they did not seem to notice anything strange about the picture they put on their front page today....it's actually the duvet btw!



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Here is the actual picture btw


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lol









???

That Guard will never live this down.
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Well....the horse certainly seems to have a thing for men in uniform.

I saw the pic on fb, you're right Odlum...the poor guard will never live it down immagine the abuse he will get!!

As an aside...this sort of thing is another reason why the City Council want to get rid of the Horse Market.
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