Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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?
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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 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
Their culture is so far ahead of ours it's scary!
Thursday, May 26, 2005
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
- 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?
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
Football's a funny old game, isn't it?
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
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
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 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
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!
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
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 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
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
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?
"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
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
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!
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Saturday, May 21, 2005
A Greek Tragedy
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!
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
What a joke.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Think of an Object...
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?
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!
"Catholicism rules! We have Boston, South America and the good part of Ireland."
Fun Irelander Feature-Cloning
- Solves dating problems - Teenagers will love it! Jodie won't go to the prom with you? Well then clone the stuck up cow! Everybody wins! Always fantasised about cheating on your wife but were reluctant to do so? Well, clone your wife and play around! If your wife finds out she can't get too mad about it! Again, everybody wins!
- You can fight yourself - What a laugh this would be. Get some of your friends over for a few drinks and everyone can bet on who will win in a fight between you and your clone. Hell, even if you lose you can't be too disappointed...
- You can get adventurous - Always wanted to go bungee jumping but were too afraid? Well clone yourself and have the clone do it! Have your picture taken as well and people will assume it was you that did it...
- Helps out narcissists - I'm sure you know at least one guy who seems to just love himself. Well, now he can! Literally! It's a bit disturbing alright but I'm sure society can come up with a word for people who are attracted to their clones...
- Revolutionises game shows - Forget winning a trip to see your favourite pop star. Instead, win your favourite pop star's clone! Think of the Late Late Show of the future and an announcement like this from Pat Kenny: "OK folks, we've got Andrea Corr on the show tonight and...there's one for everyone in the audience"! Everybody wins!
- Cheap labour - Rather than exploiting regular humans, or norms as they'll likely be called, just clone a bunch of people and have them do the work instead. Clones will likely have limited intelligence so won't mind working for a few euros an hour and they certainly won't mind being called 'kebabs'.
- Clone rebellion - Perhaps clones will fight back you say? So what! This will make things interesting and we can have cloned civil rights leaders and everything! Journalists will have a field day when we have a real "clone war" and we can have headlines saying "Attack of the Clones!" Also, George Lucas will get alot richer which can only be a good thing.
- An extra liver - Hey, we Irish love to drink alot. Now we can without fearing the consequences! If our liver gets damaged we can simply take one from a clone and use that. Nobody can criticise you if your using a liver from your own body's cells!
Like I said, cloning is a brilliant idea. Everybody wins from it!
Ahern Rejects GFA Review
"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
- 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.
Friday Fun's Fascinating Fact
I wonder what Kevin Myers would have thought of them?
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Irish Duo Flop in Eurovision Qualifiers
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?
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
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?
"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
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!
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
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
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
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?
Irish Guys - Toxic?
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
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
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!
Blogging for the Bling Bling
Is blogging now all about the bling bling?
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 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 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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