Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Some Award!

A Limerick man has been awarded an honourary CBE by the Queen of England.

David Dilger the chief executive of Greencore, is the second Irish business man to receive such an award.

A CBE or Commander of the British Empire ranked higher than an MBE or OBE in the British honours system.

Mr Dilger was presented with the award in recognition of his contribution to the British food industry at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Dublin.

I really don't understand why an Irishman would want to accept such an award from the British Queen. I mean, what's the point?


Justice, Irish-Style

A paedophile who went all over Cork city to carry out sex attacks on children as young as four years of age in the toilets of fast food outlets, public swimming pools and playing fields, was jailed for five years today.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed a total sentence of seven years with the last two years suspended and ordered that James Lombard, 37, from the Blarney Street/ Sunday’s Well area of Cork, be put on the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period.

The sentence covered seven sex assaults on which he was found guilty by a jury and nine counts to which he pleaded guilty. Two of the victims were girls, 14 were boys, all aged between four and ten years when the assaults occurred in 1993 and 1994.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said: “You have paedophilic tendencies, you are an ongoing risk, your problems are unattended to, nothing that happened caused you to attend to you problems.“You are suffering from an active compunction which had you abusing and preying on young children, one of them as young as four and up to ten years of age.

“You went the length and breadth of this city preying on and taking advantage of young children where you could.”

Can you believe this? Isn't this just outrageous? This piece of scum targeted the most defenceless members of our society and rather than sending a tough message to vermin like this, our justice system gives out a five year sentence. I find that sickening. This man, and I use the term loosely, is lucky he doesn't live in a society in which crimes like this are punished with castration. I think this is a sad day for justice in this country. The scumbag should rot in jail for life.


Top Ten Tuesday-NI Problems

Some people last week unfortunately confused my contempt for sectarianism within the IFA as being linked in some way to a contempt for NI itself. This was not the case as the IFA and sport are a different issue in my eyes. With that said however, I do have contempt for the NI State and for this edition of Top Ten Tuesday I will highlight the ten things that bother me the most about NI.

1. Sectarianism - It is so sad that even in this day and age, the NI state is still synonymous with sectarianism. Sadly, there is still far too much bigotry in the region. Paisley, anyone?
2. The Orange Order - This organisation of xenophobes and bigots is perhaps the greatest contributor to the sectarianism in the North. It ought to be shut down for good.
3. Paramilitary influences - It is a real shame that private armies hold such significance in the North to this day. Hopefuly the IRA are on the way out of the equation and then the unionist paramilitaries will have no excuses for their continued existence.
4. Hostility to the Republic - The enmity towards the Republic highlights a failure on the part of unionists to understand nationalists on this island. The Republic has more of a right in the North's affairs than the foreign rule from London.
5. Lack of culture - The fact that the NI State has no significant cultural symbols or colours shows that the border has failed and that the idea of 'Northern Irishness' is just one big joke.
6. Racism - Racism has become a big problem in NI and we've heard reports of attacks on the Chinese community. It must be acknowledged that loyalists are the biggest instigators of this.
7. The anthem - The anthem used for the NI State is God Save The Queen. 'Nuff said.
8. The name - The words 'Northern Ireland' have become synonymous with British rule. I prefer the '6 counties', 'The North' or else 'Ireland's north'. Far better.
9. The 'flag' - What some people regard as being the flag for the NI state is actually a rather ugly and monstrous version of England's flag. It is NOT the flag of NI.
10. Direct Rule - It is a shame that many people in the North (unionists mostly) are content with being ruled from London. Local issues deserve to be dealt with by local politicians.

So there you have it. Feel free to comment on my choices or to offer your own.

Monday, May 30, 2005


Monkey on the run in Belfast

Police in Belfast are urging people to keep a look out for a monkey which escaped from Belfast Zoo.

The 3ft tall, black-furred and white tailed Colobus Monkey broke free from his compound at Belfast Zoo yesterday.

Police have released a photo of the monkey which can be seen here.* The public have been warned that the creature has highly aggressive tendencies.

*May not be actual photo...


Bewleys on Grafton Street re-opens

In lighter news, one of Bewleys much-loved cafes reopened on Dublin’s Grafton Street today after a six-month revamp. The famous landmark, opened in 1926, closed its doors last November after owners Campbell Bewley Group blamed the high cost of rent and insurance rates for making losses.

However a Save Bewleys Café Campaign led by Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Conaghan succeeded in luring entrepreneurs Jay Bourke and Eoin Foyle to run the premises on a business footing.

Cllr Conaghan said today: “I think Bewleys on Grafton Street is safe now. We’ve managed to marry business and heritage concerns to keep it open and help make it sustainable.”

Bewleys traditional café and patisserie will remain on the ground floor while first floor will house a fish restaurant called Mackerel. Bewleys Café Theatre will be reinstated on the top floor of the building, with cabaret and jazz performances at evenings.

Cllr Conaghan said plans are continuing to save the longer-established Bewleys premises on Westmoreland Street, which also closed last November.

“We will fight on but I think we have set a precedent with Grafton Street that business and heritage can co-exist successfully,” he said.

Extensive remodelling and renovation has retained the famous Harry Clarke stained-glass windows installed by the Bewley family in the 1920s. Loved by Dubliners and tourists for its coffee and sticky buns, Bewleys cafes were an integral part of city life and frequented by literary figures like James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh.

I think this is great news and it's nice to see that this important Dublin landmark has been given a second chance. Well done Mr Conaghan and all who were involved in the campaign!


RTE Muppets!

I just watched a report on the EU's current plight on RTE News which, quite frankly, was an insult to Irish people's intelligence!

Let me paraphrase one line that made me laugh out loud:

"The Taoiseach has said we shouldn't ignore the French vote but that we should instead look for a way around it."

So, uh, basically ignore it then? RTE muppets!


Dana Speaks Sense Shocker!

Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern has vowed to press ahead with a planned Irish referendum on the proposed EU Constitution, despite France's rejection of the document.

Around 55% of the French electorate voted 'no' in a referendum over the weekend, raising serious doubts about the future of the proposed constitution.

The document must be ratified by all 25 member states before it can take effect.Despite the French result, Mr Ahern said Irish voters were still entitled to give their view.

Fine Gael and the Labour Party have both backed this stance, but former independent MEP Rosemary 'Dana' Scallan said the French vote should be respected.

Well said Dana! (There's three words I never thought I'd say) I think it is very sad that the three biggest parties in this state have such contempt for democracy. Then again, they did spit on our original Nice treaty rejection, let's not forget.

We were told that this constitution required 'unanimous' support so it is shameful that this has proven to be yet another lie. Disgraceful.


Monday Madness-Irish Idiocy

The Taoiseach has said that the Irish Government is committed to the EU Constitution.

Mr Ahern was reacting to the No vote delivered in the French referendum on the Constitution yesterday.

He was responsible for brokering agreement on the document between all 25 member states in June of last year during Ireland’s presidency of the EU.

"We're still committed to the Constitution and I hope all member states are committed to it. Obviously everyone has an obligation before November of next year to ratify the Constitution, so the process will continue," the Taoiseach said.

This is absolutely outrageous. The constitution must be considered dead and it is farcical that this country is going ahead with a referendum. The French have spoken and we should respect their wishes and consider the constitution as an abject failure.

Ahern, your contempt for democracy sickens me! To hell with this constitution!

Sunday, May 29, 2005


Vive la France!

A victory for democracy! The French voters have rejected the EU constitution and latest exit polls give the "No" vote a nice 55% in contrast to 45% for the "Yes" camp! I'm sure Chirac will try and weasel out of it but the bottom line is the French have dealt a big blow to the EU and its hopes for a Superstate!

I salute the French on their brave and correct decision. This is a sweet day for democrats across Europe! Vive la France!


French Kiss of Death

Today's the day the French have their say on the EU Constitution, the document which will pave the way for an EU Superstate and the death of the nation state.

Let's hope the French stop this evil treaty dead in its tracks.

I will drink a nice glass of wine to the French if they do!

Friday, May 27, 2005


Friday Fun-News in Brief

A surrender order written by Padraig Pearse following the 1916 Rising was sold at auction in Dublin this week for €700,000 – 10 times its guide price - to an anonymous bidder.

Rumour has it that Ian Paisley now has it hanging on his wall.

Almost one third of workers are not taking their full holiday entitlements, a new survey released today has revealed. Respondents to a new survey from RecruitIreland.com appear to be working harder than ever and many are too busy to take their full holiday entitlements or are afraid to take them because "it's not the done thing" in their place of employment.

I take it then that TDs weren't among those surveyed...


The Old Pals Act

I see that the upper house of parliament in Germany overwhelmingly approved the EU constitution, two days before French voters have their say on the document in a referendum.

All but one of the country’s 16 states, which are represented in the opposition-controlled upper house, voted in favour of the treaty – giving the charter 66 of 69 possible votes, far more than the necessary two-thirds majority.

German leaders hope the vote will boost French supporters of the constitution ahead of Sunday’s referendum there. Only President Horst Koehler’s signature is required to formally complete ratification.

The old pals act is being employed by the EU bureaucrats in the hope of swaying the French referendum in their favour. I hope the French voters view this cynical exercise by the Germans with contempt. It is a joke that the German people themselves weren't even allowed a say. I'm very proud that I live in a country in which it is forbidden to make constitutional alterations without the consent of the people.

I truly hope the French vote against the EU constitution on the 29th. Opinion polls suggest they will but I still have a feeling that the undecided voters could turn it in favour of the Yes camp. I hope I'm wrong though. The EU constitution is a threat to sovereignty and paves the way for a United States of Europe. I don't want that. I just want a United State of Ireland!


Fun Irelander Feature-Hangovers

I'm sitting here nursing one mighty hangover due to drinking pretty heavily last night. To make matters worse, I've a horrible taste in my mouth and I'd really love to eat something but I'm not sure if I'd be up to it. Fortunately, I woke up in my own bed which is always a plus.

I was just wondering what you all find to be good cures for a hangover. Anybody got any good suggestions? Please don't say more drinking though as I have neither the cash nor the stomach for that at this point!

So, what's the best cure for a hangover? I'm desperate here!


Friday Fun's Fascinating Fact

Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult.

Their culture is so far ahead of ours it's scary!

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Commending Sectarianism

I was amused to read over on Slugger O'Toole that UEFA have commended the IFA, referring to it as "a fine example of the work being undertaken" by national associations to eliminate racism, discrimination and intolerance from football.

What a load of guff! The IFA has sectarianism at its very core. A team that has as its national anthem "God Save The Queen". How very inclusive of you IFA! A team that plays at Windsor Park (named after the Royals of course to placate the unionist community) and a team that forced out Neil Lennon and many others for the simple reason that...they were Catholic.

I came across this site called Our Wee Country which is apparently "A Northern Ireland fanzine by the fans for the fans". I found an entry on the 2002 World Cup in which an individual called 'Owen' proceeds to berate the Republic's team in the most sickening, bigoted fashion. Listen to this disgusting comment made against Roy Keane:

"In all fairness being a psychotic gipsy can be a serious problem for a person. Roy was also probably concerned about his family. I’m told it’s been a tough few years for itinerant driveway tarmaccers."

Pure, unadulterated bigotry. I don't need to comment any further on that vile paragraph. Read the rest of the article to see the horrible xenophobia that still exists amongst NI fans.

If UEFA feel the IFA are doing such a top notch job, why don't they take a tricolour to the next NI game at Windsor Park and we'll see how long they last before they are beaten to a bloody pulp.

Northern nationalists need not worry though. They are more than welcome to cheer on the IRELAND team along with our great fans. Fans who are truly worth commending.


Thursday Thoughts:Joint Authority

I'm pretty sure I've discussed the issue of Joint Authority at some point on United Irelander but a recent discussion over on Balrog got me thinking about it again. I am not quite sure what to make of Joint Authority to be honest. Part of me thinks it could be very good for nationalism while part of me thinks it could be a hammer blow to nationalism. Below, I give some pros and cons to the idea:


- It is the 'foot in the door' so to speak and would pretty much guarantee Irish involvement in the North's affairs permanently.

- It gives the Irish government stronger powers as an official joint partner. We may finally get to see the tricolour flying high over Belfast.

- It would discredit the position of the NI State within the United Kingdom.

- Ireland's north would become official policy for the Irish government meaning that in the eyes of people in the south, it is part of the country which might help the cause of Irish reunification.


- Many northern nationalists could simply become content with official southern involvement in their affairs. Likewise in the south, many people may feel that the 'Irish problem' would be resolved with Joint Authority.

- Having a say in the North's affairs could come at quite a cost. The Irish government would have to contribute to the North and this could lead to higher taxes for people in the south which could cause much resentment.

- It could discredit Irish nationalism. For example the border would likely remain even with Joint Authority.

- There could be violence from Loyalists. If there is no referendum on Joint Authority and it is simply imposed, what's to stop Loyalist paramilitaries targeting Catholics in a bloody campaign? If such a thing were to happen, this could lead to resentment from the south and people may end up wanting nothing to do with the North!

I remain sceptical about Joint Authority and I don't view it as a solution to the problems that plague our divided island. What are your thoughts on the matter?


Jackson Trial

On Wednesday, Michael Jackson's defence team rested its case.

I don't know if any of you have been following his trial closely or not. I've found myself watching coverage of it on Sky News every now and then. I was just wondering what your thoughts are on whether Jacko will be found innocent or guilty when it's all said and done.

I get the feeling that ultimately he will be found not guilty.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Up The Rafa

Liverpool are champions of Europe.

Football's a funny old game, isn't it?


Prediction Time

OK, I'm about to watch Liverpool vs AC Milan in the Champions League Final so I thought I'd yet again make one of my famed predictions.

I think Mr Benitez has got it wrong with his line-up and attacking tactics so I will go for Milan to win by three goals to one. I hope I'm wrong though as I'd like to see Steve Finnan get a Champions League winner's medal. I don't think I will be wrong though. Trust me:

AC Milan 3 Liverpool 1


You're a Spa

RTÉ has denied that it is planning to scrap the reality TV show You're a Star, which has been used to select recent Eurovision entries.

There had been speculation that the show would be abandoned following the failure of past winners to achieve success at the Europe-wide song contest.

However, speaking before the Oireachtas communications committee today, RTÉ's director of television, Noel Curran, said he did not want the show to be scrapped.

However, he did say that You're A Star may not be linked to the Eurovision in future years.

"No decision has been made, but we will be looking hard at that over the coming weeks," he said.

It's all money, money, money. Shame on you RTE! You disgrace our nation just to fill your greedy pockets! RTE = Really Terrible Entertainment


Up the Dubs...Literally

The Central Statistics Office has predicted that the population of Greater Dublin will reach the two million mark by 2021.

Regional population projections released by the agency today said the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) would account for more than 40% of the population within 16 years, compared to 39.2% at present.

The GDA covers the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.

The CSO also said today that the population of the entire country was expected to reach around five million by 2021.

This is yet more bad news for those looking to buy houses in Dublin. I think a significant portion of Dubs will head into those surrounding counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow as it makes sense financially. It's a shame that this has to happen though.


'What If'? Wednesday - Different Tax Rates

I read this post on The N.Irish Magyar in which Paul wondered if nationalists refused to carry a UK ID card, could they claim UK Social Security Benefits, if unemployed, a pensioner or on sick-leave. Paul pointed out that the unemployed in the Republic get 148.80 euros (101.44 GBP) per week, compared to only 56.20 GBP in NI.

I found this very interesting. Let's be honest and acknowledge that a key aspect of the Irish Unity question relates to financial factors. I wonder though - What if we could achieve a situation in which northern nationalists would pay less taxes than unionists?

Could such a situation be brought about? Perhaps if the Irish government begins to plough money into Ireland's north and in return, northern nationalists pay taxes to the Dublin government instead of the UK's government? Obviously such a situation would require consultation with the British government but I'm sure they would appreciate assistance from their partner in the peace process. Such a system could potentially pave the way for a situation involving Joint Authoirty down the line.

What I'm getting at is, could there be a way found to enable nationalists to pay less taxes than unionists? I'm sure there is someone out there with a good knowledge of economics to set me straight and to outline why this is workable or unworkable!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Paisley Lambasts Bill

Former US President Bill Clinton was tonight denounced as a political has-been by the leader of the Democratic Unionists, the Reverend Ian Paisley. Mr Paisley launched a savage broadside at Mr Clinton after the former US President challenged, during a visit to Dublin, Mr Paisley’s claim that the Good Friday Agreement was dead.

Mr Paisley said: "The discredited ex-President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, simply revealed his unmitigated cheek in going to a country that wants to destroy Ulster’s place in the United Kingdom and then lectures us that our democratic expression of our own future must be set aside to conform to the will of the country that claims supremacy over it."

And Mr Paisley has the unmitigated cheek talking about countries claiming supremacy over others when he refers to the NI State as 'Ulster'. The Republic of Ireland counties of Monaghan, Donegal and Cavan are Ulster counties as well Ian and don't you forget it! We may be about to experience another invasion by Peter Robinson and co if we're not careful!


Important Questions

Following on from my earlier post, the IMC today issued their latest report and part of that report involved important questions for Sinn Fein by the Commission.

The commission asked: "How does Sinn Féin now view the claim made by PIRA (the Provisional IRA) to be the lawful government and representative of the people of Ireland, north and south?

"Does the party seek power in Ireland, north and south, using paramilitary muscle to back its participation in the political process?

"Does it ultimately intend to participate fully in democratic politics, and to observe all the standards that requires, but to reach that position maintaining for the time being some form of slimmed-down military capability?

"Or is it now ready to ensure that PIRA ends all forms of illegal activity and to engage wholeheartedly in democratic politics and in policing?"

I think these are very important questions for Sinn Fein and we the people of Ireland deserve to have answers.


Al Zarqawi 'wounded' - website

Iraq's most wanted man, insurgent leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi, has been wounded, according to an Al-Qaeda website.

I'm sure you will join me in hoping that his wound isn't fatal. This scumbag deserves to live long enough to face justice for his despicable acts of inhumanity. Listen to this garbage from the website:

"O nation of Islam… Pray for the healing of our Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from an injury he suffered in the path of God."

As if the path of God involves beheading innocent civilians! This individual is a disgrace to Islam and to mankind for that matter. Hopefully he will be captured and face trial for his crimes.

It must be noted however that the website statement's authenticity could not be verified.


IRA Still Active - IMC Report

The IRA remains heavily involved in criminal activty and is still training new members in how to use guns and handle bombs, according to the latest report from the Independent Monitoring Commission released today.

The report said the organisation has the ability to go back to a full-scale terror camapign if it wants to and that it is also heavily involved in criminal enterprises such as fuel and tobacco smuggling and money laundering.

The report said: "At the end of September 2004, the police discovered 10,000 rounds of PIRA ammunition suitable for use in assault rifles, of a type not previously found in Northern Ireland.

"This may have only been part of a larger consignment and it demonstrates PIRA’s continuing efforts to maintain its preparedness."

The IMC said intelligence it received had led them to believe:

- Provisional IRA members were involved in the murder of Robert McCartney. But it was not sanctioned by the leadership in advance and it appeared the killers were acting on the instructions of a local commander;

- The organisation was involved in robberies such as December’s Northern Bank heist which used violence or the threat of violence;

- PIRA members were behind an arson attack at a fuel depot in early September;

- While the Provisionals allowed some people they had banished to return to the republican Short Strand district in east Belfast after the murder of Mr McCartney, there was no indication that other exiled people could return to their homes in other parts of Northern Ireland;

- The organisation carried out five shootings and six assaults since August 2004.

This report rubbishes claims that the Provisional IRA have respected the Good Friday Agreement. They are still up to their knees in crimianlity and it is simply unacceptable.


Recovering from a bug

A bugging device found at Sinn Fein's Belfast headquarters has turned up for sale on the internet. The apparatus, which is available on auction site E-Bay accompanied by an authenticating letter from Gerry Adams, has attracted bids of nearly a $1,000.

Party chairman Mitchel McLaughlin has said they hope to raise awareness about British secret agents as well as finance from the sale.

As much as I disagree with Sinn Fein, this is a pretty amusing tactic. On the other hand, if MI5 buys it from them then they're in deep shite...

Edit: Broom of Anger got in there early with this story and has a picture of said device.


Top Ten Tuesday-Why I Hate the EU

Since this is the week in which the French will vote on the EU constitution, I thought I would outline the top ten reasons why I hate the European Union. So without further ado:

1. They tell us what to do - The point of sovereignty is that we dictate how we run our lives, not anybody else. If the EU constitution is endorsed, we will lose our sovereignty for good.
2. They have the final say - If the EU proposes something and the Irish government objects, who wins out? Answer - the EU. This will be especially true if the constitution is passed.
3. European Nationalism - The EU constitution paves the way for an EU Superstate. I don't want this. I am not a European, I am an Irishman. Spaniards and Lithuanians will never be my compatriots.
4. They know nothing of our heritage - These foreigners know nothing about what it is to be Irish. The people I want representing me are people who know my country's history and its customs and traditions.
5. It will destroy the prospect of Irish Unity - The growth of European nationalism is a threat to Irish nationalism. History has shown that outside interference will not solve the Irish problem. The growth of European culture is a threat to the already declining Irish culture.
6. It is unfair - The EU is dominated by the French and the Germans. This will be especially true if the constitution passes. This is not right and is not fair and does not represent what the EU ought to be - a union of equals.
7. There is no European Culture - Anthems and flags and the hope of an EU Superstate ignore the reality that there is no European Culture. If there is one, Irishness is not a part of it. The fact is, we don't need any constitution.
8. Goes against our history - The founding fathers of this state would be disgusted at the efforts by recent Irish governments to shove us into another unfair and discriminatory union. It flies in the face of our history.
9. Could destroy our culture in 100 years - Supposing the constitution does pass, where do you see Ireland in 100 years? The likelihood is that it won't exist and that we will be left with a European State in which Irishness exists only through sport and other pastimes.
10. We are closer to America and Britain - Our cultural ties are with America and Britain and not France, Germany and the rest. The European countries will never look after our interests as they do not understand us.

So there you have it. Feel free to comment on my choices or to offer your own. And remember - say no to Europe!


Border? What border?

Recently Gearoid O Caireallain urged a form of civic action in which Nationalists would drop the N from N Ireland when addressing letters. (hat-tip Slugger) I liked the closing lines of his article:

"A letter sent to someone in Newry, Co Down, Ireland will get there without fail, and without delay. So come on, let's forget about partition, no more N-word. We all live in Ireland."

I support Mr O Caireallain 100 per cent on this and his logic is similar to the logic I have espoused for many months on United Irelander. The fact is, the purpose of the border is to put into the minds of people north and south that they are somehow different. This, we nationalists know, is nothing but nonsense. We are all the same - we are all Irish. As I've said before, in order for us to have a United Ireland without the border we must have a United Ireland with the border. This means we ignore the border's purpose, which is to separate us, and we get on with our lives as compatriots.

We need more ideas like this one as far as I'm concerned. Can anyone think of other ways we in Ireland can stick two fingers up at the disgraceful border which promotes a culture of hate and sectarianism?

Monday, May 23, 2005


Monday Madness-EU Constitution

On May 29th the French will vote in a referendum on the European Union's constitution, a constitution that will pave the way for an EU Superstate, and latest polls show it is very tight. A voter survey published in the Liberation daily showed the "No" camp with a narrow 52-48% lead, however 20 per cent of respondents said they could change their minds and nine per cent didn't respond.

I would be quite surprised if the French reject this constitution. It gives the French, along with the Germans, a significant degree of influence on EU affairs at the expense of countries like Ireland. My gut feeling tells me that the French will endorse this constitution and that the fight agaisnt the bureaucratic dictators will continue. Irish people observing these events must ask themselves these key questions...

Do we want an EU Superstate? No we don't.

Do we want the French and the Germans dictating how we live our lives? No we don't.

Do we want to lose our voting strength in the EU? No we don't.

Do we want our percentage of the vote in the Council of Ministers reduced? No we don't.

Do we want to lose our automatic right to a commissioner? No we don't.

Do we want to spit on what the founding fathers of this state fought for? No we don't.

Do we want to piss our sovereignty away? You bet your arse we don't!

Hopefully the French will vote non to the EU Constitution but if they don't, get ready to tell Europe and its constitution - Ni doigh liom e!


Postcode System by 2008

The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey today said the planned new postcode system wil be introduced by January 1, 2008.

Mr Dempsey said that every address in Ireland will be identified by a series of letters and numbers from January 2008. An Post reckon it is unnecessary while Fine Gael have expressed their scepticism that it will ever get off the ground. DHL express spokesman Bernard McCarthy says the current system, which relies on local knowledge, is outdated.

This is a complete waste of time and money. Once again Mr Dempsey has shown he can't leave anything alone. He was a joke as Minister for Education and now he's proving a joke as Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.

Since one aspect of his job entails 'marine' work, can't we just shove him in a submarine somewhere deep below the Irish Sea? Now that's what I call decentralisation!


Caption Time!

It's been a while since I did one of these so I thought I'd give you a fitting one for the week ahead. Try giving a caption to this picture.

Sunday, May 22, 2005



Celtic have been beaten by Motherwell meaning Rangers have won the SPL. I can't believe it.

Saturday, May 21, 2005


A Greek Tragedy

Just watched the Eurovision, or as I like to call it the Eastern European backslapping contest, and it has been yet again an absolute joke. The voting system is just farcical. When it gets to the stage where I find myself rooting for the United Kingdom, something is very wrong! I was actually delighted to see Ireland give the UK 8 points. Dana gave the points and declared Ireland was the "spiritual home of the Eurovision". Well, if you're watching Dana the words "spiritual" and "Eurovision" always have a chance of coming up. Greece won quite easily in the end with a song that I can only describe as sounding like it was forged in the depths of Hades.

The public simply shouldn't be allowed to vote for the winners but people are making money from this system so it shall stay. I propose that Ireland and some other Western European countries like the UK leave and set up our own competition! The Eurovision has become too absurd at this point! My anti-European sentiments are running very high right now!


Saturday Survey

Hero of the Week: George Galloway: He squared up against the US Senate to defend himself against accusations they made against him and it's fair to say that he came off the victor and left them looking rather embarrassed.

Villain of the Week: Conor Lenihan: Endured the wrath of the Irish public after his idiotic and racist 'kebab' remark. He didn't even have the decency to resign either.

Funniest Moment of the Week: Ireland's Eurovision Performance: What an atrocious performace this was! As was the excuse the female singer gave for the exit saying it was down to "block voting". No love, it was because the song was shite!

Dunces of the Week: RTE: What were they thinking sending that hopeless duo to the Eurovision? Idiots. On the other hand if, as many people believe, RTE are deliberately putting out crap entries in order to prevent Ireland ever winning again, then they are not as dumb as they would appear to be...

Celebrity of the Week: Kylie Minogue: I was very saddened to hear that Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with having breast cancer. She has already had surgery and I hope that she makes a full and speedy recovery.

Quote of the Week: "Stick to the kebabs" - Conor Lenihan

Had to be, didn't it? This stupid comment should have cost Mr Lenihan his job.

United Irelander's Busiest Day of the Week: Friday - 131 visits



In the biggest injustice since Unionists were given a six-county state by the British, Arsenal have won the FA Cup at the expense of Manchester United by virtue of a penalty shoot-out!

What a joke.

Friday, May 20, 2005


Think of an Object...

In the past I've tried to post some fun stuff on Fridays so this week I give you a game which asks you to think of an object while the computer tries to guess what it is.

I thought of a remote control but it saw through me and guessed it eventually. It's a pretty fun game. Give it a go.

You can play it here.


Fianna Fail in Crisis?

A recent report by Minister for Finance Brian Cowen must have set alarm bells ringing in Fianna Fail HQ. A confidential internal party report has shown its membership is now estimated between 15,000 and 20,000, or less than half of what party officials originally believed.

Minister Cowen's report portrays a rural, ageing and increasingly inactive grassroots organisation. Nearly half of its party activists are over 55 years of age, one quarter of the party's local organisations are inactive, and 50 per cent of the local Fianna Fail groups meet once a year or less.

Mr Cowen warns that there are "probably more members dying than joining Fianna Fail".

For more, read here.


Taig That Protestants!

I've just been listening to 98fm and they've reported that Liam Neeson is to star in an upcoming episode of the Simpsons as a priest who converts Bart and Homer to Catholicism. This is one of the lines that Homer will say in the episode:

"Catholicism rules! We have Boston, South America and the good part of Ireland."

Funny stuff!


Fun Irelander Feature-Cloning

I see British scientists have announced they have cloned the country's first human embryo. Cloning is a very controversial issue which causes alot of concern. Personally, I think cloning is a brilliant idea. Think of the benefits for mankind:

Like I said, cloning is a brilliant idea. Everybody wins from it!


Ahern Rejects GFA Review

The Good Friday Agreement has already been reviewed and must not be renegotiated, the Taoiseach said today.

"We've had the review and the review is finished," Mr Ahern said after attending the seventh British-Irish Council summit on the Isle of Man today.

He added: "We respect the good relationships we have built with Unionism, but the basis for moving forward is with the Good Friday Agreement."

He said altering the agreement now was "not a possibility".

Clearly the Taoiseach must defend the Agreement as best he can but you have to wonder if Mr Blair is on the same page as Mr Ahern. Paisley would appear to be of the opinion that they are on different wavelengths judging by his comments outside Downing Street yesterday. Ahern no doubt is crossing his fingers with regard to the upcoming IRA statement in response to Adams' call for them to embrace democratic methods. If the IRA fail to deliver, Unionists will lose even more respect for Mr Ahern.


Laying Down The Law

Even though I've only been back in the blogseat for a few days I have noticed some hostile and inflammatory posts which have been personal in nature and designed to wind me up. I will not be putting up with this. If people wish to criticise me then they are welcome to. I welcome criticism as long as it is said in a way that is not vulgar or crass. Vulgar language directed at me will not be tolerated. I do not want to use United Irelander to engage in flame wars. Therefore I have decided to go down the Slugger O'Toole route since Mick Fealty is basically the Yoda of us Irish bloggers. Since I don't like to ban outright unless it's absolutely necessary, I will be employing his yellow card/red card rule. You get one warning and after that, you'll be banned. People have visited UI for several months and it's a shame that one or two bad eggs have forced me into this way of thinking but as Chris over at Balrog advised me, I shouldn't put up with this sort of thing. So, things that won't be tolerated:

- Vulgar language directed at me or any other individual
- Deliberate and continuous attempts to take a thread off-topic
- Deliberate and continuous attempts to wind me up or "shit stir".
- 'Playing the man and not the ball'

I may add to this list if I see fit. Consider this a rulebook of sorts for fair play and tolerance on this blog. Most people here who visit do not need to be told this but in case some people do, here it is. All I ask is that people conduct their argument in a respectful fashion rather than dragging the place down with unnecessary comments.

Thank you.


Friday Fun's Fascinating Fact

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

I wonder what Kevin Myers would have thought of them?

Thursday, May 19, 2005


Irish Duo Flop in Eurovision Qualifiers

In a performance befitting of Father Ted and Father Dougal, Ireland has failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Those You're A Star muppets at RTE have embarrassed Ireland yet again. This format isn't working and it's utterly pointless! Literally! The one thing we were good at and now we can't even make it to the finals to compete!

Next year I say we go with My Lovely Horse. Anyone agree?


Ahern to Tackle MI5/MI6?

I noticed last week that the Taoiseach said he doesn't think the British Government will open any more files on the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings. (hat tip Balrog)

Bertie Ahern said that legal action against the British might be an option and he said that he believes MI5 and MI6 are refusing to hand over information to Tony Blair.

This is an issue I feel strongly about and it's clear that more needs to be done to bring the scumbags who committed these atrocities, as well as their British State friends, to justice for the murder of innocent Irish civilians. If one checks the sidebar of United Irelander they will find some information I've posted from Joe Tierney's book The Dublin And Monaghan Bombings And The Murder Triangle which exposes those involved in these atrocities.

Justice must be done.


Govt Develops Battle of Boyne Site

The Government is to spend another €15m developing the Battle of the Boyne site in Co Meath.

This will bring the taxpayers spend on the project to over €30m over the next three years. The battle site in Drogheda was the scene of William of Orange's victory over King James.

In the wake of the Good Friday Agreement the Government decided to purchase the site and develop it as a symbol of modern Ireland in mutual respect and reconciliation and modern understanding between the two religious traditions.

The Government spent €15m euro acquiring the site and will now spend another €15m developing a visitor and exhibition centre, as well as new walkways and a peace garden.

I think this is great news and I'm very impressed with the Government's decision to do this. It is this kind of respect and tolerance for the Unionist tradition that I'm sure Unionists appreciate. It begs the question - would such a thing have been done if Sinn Fein were in power in the Irish Republic? The answer is obvious - not a chance.


Thursday Thoughts: RIP GFA?

It is looking increasingly likely that the Good Friday Agreement is finished. DUP leader Ian Paisley seems to think so as today he has called for a "new beginning" and has declared the Agreement, which the people north and south voted for, is now dead.

"I think it should be given a reasonable burial," he told reporters.

He went on to rule out power sharing with Sinn Fein.

While Paisley and his cronies have been trying for years to deliver a hammer blow to the Good Friday Agreement it is clear that the final blow has been delivered by the nationalists in Ireland's north who endorsed the Provisional IRA and its political wing Sinn Fein. Unionists do not want the IRA in the political equation in the North. When are nationalists in the North going to realise that most Irish people don't want the balaclava wearing gangsters in politics?
Nationalists in the North have proven that they are too naive and too idiotic to take the necessary steps to reunite this island. They turned a blind eye when the IRA robbed the Northern Bank, they turned a blind eye when the IRA murdered an innocent nationalist civilian outside of a Belfast pub, and they turned a blind eye when the McCartneys were being denied help by Sinn Fein and some die-hard Republicans (or scumbags as I like to call them) even went as far as to threaten the McCartney family.

Direct Rule is here to stay and the GFA looks like it is dead and buried. We in the Republic made some significant changes for that GFA. We even changed our constituion but Sinn Fein/IRA have refused to take the necessary steps and northern nationalists have refused to condemn them for it.
Trimble paid the price for supporting the GFA and now so will the rest of us thanks to inactivity by the Provos and thanks to the support of these criminals by northern nationalists. For shame.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


A Healthy Idea

I note that Fine Gael has said it will introduce a free health-screening programme for all adults if it's returned to power. The party unveiled proposals today to make screening available nationwide, which it claims could make Ireland the healthiest nation in Europe.

Under the proposals, tests for women would begin at 20 and for men at 30. Health checks for men would be carried out every five years and for women every three.

The plans also propose the establishment of an interactive national patient database.

Fine Gael says the health tests would free up space in hospitals and ultimately save money for the taxpayer and the state.

While I am slightly concerned about the proposal for an interactive national database, I am very encouraged at the idea of a free health-screening programme for all adults. This is a good, solid idea from Fine Gael and they should be applauded for it.


Lenihan's a Racist!

I see the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Conor Lenihan, has apologised after urging Socialist Party TD, Joe Higgins, who has campaigned on behalf of Turkish GAMA workers to 'stick with the kebabs'.

The comments were made this morning as Mr Higgins questioned the Taoiseach during Leaders' Questions about the future ownership of Aer Lingus.

Mr Higgins earlier condemened the comment as 'snide' and said it ill behoved the Minister to make comments in such a way.

The apology from Mr Lenihan is just not good enough. He must show some honour and class and resign. His comments were an absolute disgrace. Those workers have been paid a pittance for working around 80 hours a week and this Government has known all about what was going on. Only one TD is making an issue out of this and that's Joe Higgins and Mr Lenihan's response to this reality is to tell Mr Higgins to 'stick with the kebabs'. Despicable stuff.

Mr Lenihan why don't you stick that kind of gutter trash up your arse as you are a racist, ignorant little weasel of a man. Resign immediately!


Respect Where It's Due

Did you see George Galloway defending himself against accusations made against him by the US Senate? Regardless of what you think of the man he deserves credit for standing up to them. It takes balls to stand up to such accusations and I think he defended himself very well indeed. It was amusing when the subject of "illegality" came up and Mr. Galloway would bring up the "illegal war" in Iraq. Also when the Senate alleged he had many meetings with Saddam and Galloway responded that he met Saddam the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld had but that Rumsfeld met Saddam to sell him guns!

I also caught his performance on the BBC against Jeremy Paxman after his election win. Galloway should provide much entertainment in British politics. It will be interesting to hear from him in the House of Commons when he squares up against Tony Blair though I see there is controversy surrounding that due to Mr. Galloway not taking the required oath of allegiance to the queen!

It's too bad that politicians in the Republic are such a dull bunch...


'What If'? Wednesday - IRA Snub

What if the IRA snub Gerry Adams and his "call" for them to give up their armed struggle?

Ultimately, nothing will happen. Those nationalists who put a tick beside Sinn Fein during the elections have safeguarded the existence of the organisation responsible for the murder of countless innocent civilians and have protected an organisation which is up to its knees in criminality and which has links with criminal gangs on the British mainland. If the SDLP had been endorsed instead, the IRA would have been forced to take significant steps. Sadly, this won't happen now.

IRA Army Council member Gerry Adams must be delighted.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Looney Tune?

The Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell has announced the Government is giving the Gardai €6.5m to tackle organised crime in Dublin.

It is a response to the spiraling level of violence in the city. The Minister has also said the law is to be changed to deal with gang warfare. A new offence is to be created for sawing off the barrel of a shotgun.

Sounds good right? But what has McDowell termed this new campaign? Wait for it..."Operation Anvil". What the hell were they thinking when they came up with that name? Were they watching Looney Tunes or something? Let's hope the "anvil" will be dropped on the criminal gangs who are tightening their grip on the city of Dublin. We don't want it being dropped on the Irish taxpayers...


What's this geezer up to?

I'm pleased to see Julius Geezer has started up his own blog which can be found here. It seems Irish blogs are popping up all over the place these days and it can only be a good thing for blogging in this country. While I haven't always agreed with Julius in the past, he has provided entertaining posts and made some good points. I will be keeping an eye on his blog in future.


Irish Guys - Toxic?

It has emerged that Britney Spears proposed marriage to Kevin Federline as they flew home to the US after a concert in Ireland.

Britney's proposal will be shown in their new reality show, Britney and Kevin: Chaotic, which will debut on US TV tonight.

So basically what this means is that after putting up with the best efforts of hot-blooded young Irish males, Britney was so appalled she decided the best thing to do was to just get married? Not good Irish guys. Not good at all.


Attack of the Clowns

Everyone's going crazy for Star Wars I see due to the third and final instalment of the series, Revenge of the Sith, about to hit our screens very soon. As I pondered over the epic saga, I realised it shares alot of similarities with our own epic saga north of the border. Many Star Wars characters have alot in common with political characters in the North. Let me explain:

Anakin Skywalker - Jeffrey Donaldson

Corrupted by the powers of the dark side, wee Jeffrey turned his back on the UUP. He looked so innocent and everything with that face of his. Oh well.

Obi-Wan Kenobi - David Trimble

The mentor of Jeffrey was eventually slain by his student. He tried so hard to put up with him but he suffered at his hands.

Chewbacca - Gerry Adams

Gerry, like Chewie, is a hairy beast with a heart. He tries so hard and, even though Gerry can be hard to understand sometimes and even though it appears he's talking complete garbage, some people can truly understand him.

Han Solo - Martin McGuinness

Martin is one such guy who can understand Gerry. Oh the trials and tribulations this great friendship has endured. It really is quite touching. If anyone is the pilot on the Sinn Fein ship, it's big Martin.

Princess Leia - Sylvia Hermon

Oh what responsibility Sylvia has on her hands. So much expectation on the shoulders of the lady. Can she rally people to her cause?

Yoda - Mark Durkan

Ah the wise Durkan. Clever is he not? He always knows just what the problem is and isn't afraid to explain it in full. Literally. Much danger ahead there lurks...

Luke Skywalker - Peter Hain

Hard to find a hero in this day and age. Or is it? Step up Peter Hain, the man who the province looks to as a saviour of the political situation. Use the force Peter! Not literally though as...well, that's caused problems in the past. Just don't screw up!

Jar Jar Binks - Bertie Ahern

Ah the beloved Bertie! Though he may be mocked for his voice and the fact that, well he doesn't seem to know what he's doing, he still has good intentions at heart. Meesa doing the best I can Ceann Comhairle!

Jabba the Hutt - Ian Paisley

Gotta be hasn't it? And why don't we see him taking part in debates in studios? He just sits around barking orders and clearly he's not to be trusted! Many will suffer when Big Ian is outraged!

See? NI is just like Star Wars. Not to mention the fact that by the time this political mess is finally resolved we'll all be using lightsabres and flying spaceships...


Top Ten Tuesday-NI: Drastic Solutions

The recent elections in Ireland's north have not helped clear up the political mess that engulfs the region. We must now contemplate some drastic solutions to the problem of the NI state. So without further ado:

1. Nuke the place - If all else fails, let's blow the crap out of the place. Too far? Perhaps, but to bring up the issue of NI in any pub down here in the Republic will lead to at least one individual whose solution is simple - "they should just blow it up".Insanity or genius? You decide.
2. Cut it adrift - Another drastic measure alright. Just cut the bleedin' place adrift and let it float far away. Near Iceland or somewhere. That could work.
3. Let them fight it out - If they don't want to get along then let each side fight it out. Loyalists versus Republicans. Loyalists aren't allowed any help from the Brits and the Republicans can't get any help from Yank sympathisers.
4. Indirect Rule - If Direct Rule is so bad, let different countries rule the region. Each week NI will be ruled by another country. It will be funny when it's North Korea's turn...
5. Make the Queen Secretary of State - Unionists don't seem to like Peter Hain. The solution? Let the Queen have the job! To reach out to the nationalist community she has to start wearing a green white and orange gown and replace her crown with a leprechaun hat.
6. Let Malcom Glazer buy the place - A great solution! He'll probably raise taxes and will piss off both communities equally bringing everyone together!
7. Referendum every seven days - Forget every seven years, let's have a referendum on Irish unity every seven days! It will instil upon those in the North an appreciation for democracy. Unionists won't mind if it's the Queen making the decision! Genius idea!
8. Flood the place with immigrants - What unites the people of the north so well? Why racism of course! Shove as many nationalities as we possibly can into the North and watch the unionists and nationalists work together against new cultures ripe for desecration!
9. A border in NI - Divide NI itself! Then we can have North-Eastern Ireland and North-Western Ireland. Treat each area differently and turn the North against itself! This will surely only lead to good things...
10. Prohibition - If all else fails, deprive the region of alcohol. Hell, if there's one thing unionists and nationalists need, it's beer. If they work well together they can receive limited supplies of beer. A hefty water tax will add to the effect!

Drastic solutions or genius ideas? Feel free to comment on my choices or to offer your own.

Monday, May 16, 2005


SF Inclusive? Of course not!

I was delighted to see Mark Durkan and Eddie McGrady winning seats in Foyle and South Down respectively. What I was not pleased to see was the whingeing from Sinn Fein bemoaning the loss as being down to tactical votes from Unionists. Um, so what? Are Unionists not supposed to be part of the Irish nation? Proof if any were needed that the Sinners are primarily concerned with the tribal aspect of politics in the North. How sad.


Blogging for the Bling Bling

What's the deal with all these blogs using Ads by Google? I noticed it on Balrog a few weeks ago though I think Slugger had it first but now I've seen it on Gerry O'Sullivan's Blog and Paul's N. Irish Magyar. What's the deal here? Is there good money to be made with this?

Is blogging now all about the bling bling?


Election Fallout

Well the people in Ireland's north have had their say and the results have confirmed what many of us had feared - most Irish nationalists in the north are idiots.

Let me first say something about the Unionist side of things. As we all know, Trimble has packed his bags and left the political arena in the North. I won't shed any tears for Davy as I'm not happy about some of the comments he made about the Irish Republic in the past but he did make some brave decisions during his time as UUP leader and I believe history will judge him well. The UUP were clearly decimated though and it will be interesting to see what steps they take to recover.

The DUP are undisputed kings of the red, white and blue tribe now. Unionists have decided that the best way forward for the two communities is to pledge their support to a man who spent most of his life criticising the other community. Hmm. It must be said that the DUP are in a pretty sweet position and whatever happens from now on they will be the happiest party.

Thankfully the SDLP were not decimated in the way the UUP were. I see not all nationalists in the North are idiots and Mark Durkan will lead his party for the forseeable future it would appear. I'm disappointed that he has played down talk of a merger between the SDLP and Fianna Fail. It is still the right move to make for the SDLP in my opinion.

And now to the kings ( perhaps I shouldn't use that word) of the green, white and orange tribe. Yes, the IRA...oops I mean Sinn Fein, managed to retain their position as the leaders of the nationalist community despite the fact they have NO solid plans for Irish unity, despite the fact they refused to support the McCartney family in their quest to attain justice for their brother murdered by the IRA, despite the fact they carried out the Northern Bank robbery and despite the fact they remain inextricably linked to the Provisional IRA. Yes, the nationalist community in all their idiocy have endorsed a party which has not got a hope of delivering anything that nationalists want.

I have this message to those nationalists who endorsed Sinn Fein - Congratulations! You have ensured Direct Rule for the North for the forseeable future! You have made sure that the IRA remain in the political equation in Irish politics! You have secured for yourselves a wonderful green paper on Irish unity! And you have ensured that the border has been strenghtened and made the possibility for Irish reunification even more remote!

Political extremists have been endorsed. Tribal politics has been endorsed. And the border which divides Ireland north and south has been endorsed. Congratulations indeed.


I'm Back

OK I have officially returned to the blogosphere. My hiatus came at a poor time since things in the Irish political spectrum got very interesting while I was away but I will try to give my blog alot more attention from now on. I have tweaked my blog and added additions here and there that you may have noticed. I have created another blog which will give extra insight into United Irelander and indeed myself which I have entitled "The Nationalist". On The Nationalist I have posted up some of the more important posts I have made in the past and they can be viewed on the sidebar of United Irelander.

I hope to give United Irelander more of an edgier feel and I intend to be alot more hard-hitting than I have been in the past. The gloves will come off from now on. OK, it's time to get some things off my chest...

Thursday, May 12, 2005


Normal Service Will Resume Shortly...

I hope to have United Irelander up and running again on Monday. I'm not sure if anyone is actually reading this right now as my hiatus has lead to a sharp decline in visitors to my blog. Only 26 people visited today for example. A situation I knew would happen and that I knew was unavoidable. Ah well, I'll do my best to get back those missing readers.
I have been away from the blogging scene for quite a bit as I had more pressing issues to deal with. I'm pleased to say they have now been dealt with.

I've been watching the recent dramatic events unfold over the last few weeks and there's alot of things I'd like to get off my chest on Monday. I'm not a happy Irelander...

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