United IrelanderSinn Féin lies exposed (10.12.2005, 03:27 UTC)
"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." - Adolf Hitler Over the last few weeks Sinn Féin have been criticised by numerous people, myself included, for supporting the British OTR (On-The-Run) legislation which gives an amnesty to terrorists as well as British State forces. Sinn Féin have been claiming that they were unaware British State forces would be included in the legislation. On November 23rd, I posted about comments made ...
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United IrelanderEnglish get kind draw (10.12.2005, 00:48 UTC)
Well the draw for the World Cup has been made and the English have been handed a pretty good draw. They have found themselves in Group B and the group looks like this: England Paraguay Trinidad & Tobago Sweden The English media will no doubt hype up the Sweden encounter as it's Sven-Goran Eriksson going up against his own country. All in all though, I think England have gotten a decent draw and I think they have a great chance of topping their group. The real question howev...
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United Irelander'Republicans' attempt to bomb Dublin (9.12.2005, 18:44 UTC)
Gardaí investigating the discovery of an explosive device in a car on the M50 motorway in Dublin last night believe it may be linked to a campaign by the Continuity IRA against drug dealers in Dublin city. The bomb was discovered when gardaí stopped and searched the vehicle travelling northbound near the West Link Toll Plaza (pictured left) shortly after 10pm. When gardaí confronted the driver of the car, he jumped out and warned them that there was a bomb in the ca...
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United IrelanderFun Irelander Feature - Dear Santa (9.12.2005, 05:56 UTC)
Dear Santa, Before I detail what I want from you this year I think I ought to clarify a few things beforehand. First of all, I know I engaged in alot of swearing throughout the year but if you compare my swearing to other people it's really not that bad. For example, check out this guy . I bet my record looks alot better now doesn't it? Second of all, some things have been said about the people of Cork, I acknowledge that. But it's all well and good for you as you don't have to share a...
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United IrelanderQueen and President in historic meeting (9.12.2005, 05:05 UTC)
A historic meeting has taken place between the Queen and President Mary McAleese. The meeting between the two yesterday at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, marked the first time the two had ever met on the island of Ireland. The meeting has intensified speculation of an unprecedented state visit to the Republic by the Queen. In June of this year, President McAleese indicated she would welcome such a visit to the Irish Republic by the Queen. Mrs McAleese said: "It was a very ...
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United IrelanderLove will save the day (9.12.2005, 04:07 UTC)
I thought I'd check in on those kind and loving scamps over at Love Ulster to read what loving sentiments they were expressing as we approach the holiday season. Here's what 'DV9' (a favourite of mine with his overflowing love) had to say on my country's Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern: "Ahern is scum, always will be till the day the sad ideosyncratic Irish fool dies. All Irish Government ministers are till they give the protestants in the republic the right to be a unionist and the pri...
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United IrelanderItaly considers 20% tax on porn (9.12.2005, 03:47 UTC)
It is news that is sure to leave Italians everywhere droopy and depressed. Reports yesterday suggested that Italians will have to pay a 20% tax on pornography according to a budget amendment that cleared its first legislative hurdle. The proposed tax was approved at committee level and is expected to go before the Chamber of Deputies, Italy’s lower parliamentary house, early next week. The tax is expected to raise about €220m to help reduce the national deficit and ...
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United IrelanderFriday Fun's Fascinating Fact (9.12.2005, 03:03 UTC)
The lifespan of the common goldfish is over 20 years! I find that hard to believe. Every time I've had a goldfish it's usually died within days. I think they're really hard to care for. I mean, what kind of creature dies from overfeeding?
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United IrelanderRemembering a legend and a genius (8.12.2005, 20:57 UTC)
I felt I ought to make a post about a man who I feel was one of the greatest musical talents who ever lived. It was 25 years ago today that this great talent, John Lennon, was taken from all of us when he was shot dead by crazed fan Mark Chapman. His death was a terrible tragedy. Lennon created music that was timeless. I am a big Beatles fan. I like In My Life, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Norwegian Wood, and many, many more of their hits. I also like his solo hit Imagine and one of my fav...
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United IrelanderThursday Thoughts: Lines on maps (8.12.2005, 04:43 UTC)
Since the British Secretary of State Peter Hain announced plans to reduce district councils in Ireland's north from 26 to seven, the subject of repartition has been mentioned quite a bit. I wrote a Thursday Thoughts feature on repartition in November here , and Paul from The N.Irish Magyar has written good posts on the subject lately both here and here . For those of you who are not aware, the concept of repartition centres around the idea of redrawing the border that separ...
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United IrelanderNI not in British travel guides - So what? (8.12.2005, 03:24 UTC)
Some people seem to just want to complain for the sake of complaining! Check out this letter from Matthew Tennis in the Belfast Telegraph:"The more I see it, the more angry, offended and upset I become."Go into the travel section of any good bookshop and you will find a reasonably large selection of travel guides covering either all or almost all of the world's countries."The three brands which predominate are Dorling Kindersley, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. "Look up the guides for Britain an...
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United Irelander1916 Rising HQ saved (8.12.2005, 02:52 UTC)
This is a welcome bit of news. Dublin City Council has voted unanimously to protect the house used as the final headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Developers had wanted to demolish 16 Moore Street as part of a plan to transform the area into a huge shopping complex but the move sparked a campaign to save the building, which was built in 1763 and had fallen into serious disrepair. On Monday night, Dublin councillors voted to add the building and three adjoining house...
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United IrelanderIrish politics - D'oh! (8.12.2005, 02:34 UTC)
This would only happen in Ireland! Minister for Finance Brian Cowen was compared to cartoon character Homer Simpson as he delivered his Budget in the Dáil. Fine Gael Finance Spokesman Richard Bruton said Mr Cowen’s announcement made many promises but the Irish people were sceptical of whether those vows would be delivered. Referring to a quote from Homer Simpson in an episode of the animated series, Mr Bruton said: "'Making promises makes me a good father&#8217...
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United IrelanderUnited finish last (8.12.2005, 01:23 UTC)
Benfica 2 Manchester United 1 Benfica were once a great football team in Europe. Once upon a time, so too were Manchester United. United were abysmal. Apparently this is going to cost United up to £15m. I bet they feel really stupid now that they didn't give this guy a new contract! A very bad bit of business!
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United IrelanderHow to completely miss the point... (7.12.2005, 19:44 UTC)
Hey, remember this post I made on the feminism debate that had been ongoing in the Irish blogosphere? Well one of the ladies I mentioned in my post, Fiona at Mental Meanderings, apparently thinks I'm a misogynist or something! Check this post of hers out: "I have decided to heed Suzy's call for calm in the current debate about women bloggers in the Irish corner of the blogosphere. In response to Aud's initial post I (and Beth and Maura) were pretty strong in our opinions (which ...
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United IrelanderSinn Féin = Ourselves and the Brits (7.12.2005, 01:01 UTC)
Two significant things have happened in the last forty-eight hours. First up, the SDLP and the DUP criticised new guidelines on community restorative justice schemes. The SDLP labelled them a "political cop-out" while the DUP said they were flawed. However, the guidelines have been welcomed by Sinn Fein and groups which run projects in nationalist areas. Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly denied the community restorative justice scheme was an alternative to a policing service. Interestingl...
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United IrelanderThey put the sin in Sinfin! (7.12.2005, 00:39 UTC)
I was disgusted to read about this story . (hat-tip A Tangled Web ) In Britain, a girl of 16 was suspended from school for...wait for it...wearing a crucifix. To see the 'offensive' crucifix, go here . The girl, Sam Morris, was sent home after refusing the deputy head’s order to remove the Christian symbol, which she wore on a chain. The girl's mother, Debra, accused her daughter's school of discrimination pointing out that Sikh children were allowed to wear a steel...
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United IrelanderIrish Honours? (7.12.2005, 00:03 UTC)
Here's a letter from the Irish Examiner in relation to Irish people accepting official British honours... "Your correspondent Sorcha Healy (Irish Examiner letters, November 21) sees no problem with Irish citizens accepting official British honours. "She dismisses critics as "misguided" or worse, "bigots." "Article 9 of the Irish constitution stipulates "fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State" on the part of all citizens. More specifically, Article 40 explicitly e...
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United IrelanderAn election a Tory can win... (7.12.2005, 00:00 UTC)
So the Conservative party have chosen their new leader and it's the 39-year-old David Cameron. Mr Cameron beat his rival David Davis by 134,446 votes to 64,398 in a postal ballot of Tory members across the UK. For those of you looking for some information on him... - He was educated at Eton College and Brasenose College, Oxford. - He was special adviser to Cabinet ministers Michael Howard and Norman Lamont in the 1990s, then communications director at Carlton television - Beca...
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United IrelanderTop Ten Tuesday - Miss World girls (6.12.2005, 02:03 UTC)
As I indicated in my post on feminism yesterday, I'm a big fan of women and women's rights. In fact, I like women so much...I'm going to rank them in order of attractiveness. How great is that?! This lovely lady to your left is Ireland's very own Rosanna Davidson who won the Miss World contest in 2003. I'm pretty sure that was the only thing an Irish person won that year so fair play to her. Doesn't she look lovely altogether? I know what you're thinking. You're thinking along the lin...
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United IrelanderIreland and gay marriage (6.12.2005, 00:32 UTC)
The Minister for Justice Michael McDowell has said that legislation is being written for civil partnerships for same-sex couples here in Ireland but that it will not mimic marriage exactly , as that would be unconstitutional. Mr McDowell said that the Republic is committed to recognising equality in the proposals, which will be enacted next year. As of yesterday, same-sex couples can register their partnerships in the UK, including in the six counties. Gay and Lesbian couples in...
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United IrelanderBible Belt breakdown (6.12.2005, 00:07 UTC)
The woman pictured left is Marguerite Perrin who achieved quite a bit of notoriety in America for her astonishing performance on American TV show Trading Spouses, which is basically the American version of Wife Swap. You simply have to watch it. It's unmissable TV. You can watch a clip of her here . Have any of the North American visitors to United Irelander seen this clip before? I thought Wife Swap was controversial but this is just crazy!
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United IrelanderNally refused leave to appeal conviction (6.12.2005, 00:00 UTC)
What a disgrace this is. Padraig Nally has been refused leave to appeal against his conviction and six-year jail sentence for the manslaughter of Traveller John 'Frog' Ward. At the Central Criminal Court today Nally's defence had argued that Mr Justice Paul Carney had usurped the constitutional function of the jury by refusing to allow it to consider a not guilty verdict. Mr Justice Carney had ruled that such a verdict on the evidence would be perverse. The jury in Castlebar last July h...
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United IrelanderBlogosphere catfight! (5.12.2005, 16:36 UTC)
Women - you can't live with 'em...ahem. The claws have come out folks! There's an almighty catfight brewing in our humble Irish blogosphere! Yes, these bloggeresses have left the kitchen and the dinner-making to debate....wait for it...feminism. (shudder) From Sigla , I learned of this post by Auds over at Reality Check who bravely explained why she is not, and never has been, a feminist. "Now more than ever is the stereotype of the weak woman unable to hack it reinforced by...
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United IrelanderMonday Madness - Loony lefty letter (5.12.2005, 00:38 UTC)
Here's a short but sour letter in the Irish Examiner by a loony-lefty from Leitrim which I think brings shame on all the decent people of Ireland. It reads as follows... "US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has decided the enemy in Iraq should not be called insurgents. "How about calling them freedom fighters instead?" Keith Nolan No Mr Nolan, let's not call them freedom fighters. Let's instead call them inhumane terrorist scumbags who decapitated Ken Bigley and who m...
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United IrelanderWho should be in the next Government? (5.12.2005, 00:30 UTC)
Two separate opinion polls in Irish papers on Sunday morning have revealed support for Fine Gael is growing.The studies in the Sunday Tribune and Sunday Business Post suggest that if a general election was held next week, Fine Gael would be likely to lead the next government.The Sunday Tribune claims Fianna Fail's popularity is down by 4%, with Fine Gael gaining by 5%.With that being said, I have added a new poll to my sidebar which asks the question:Who should be in the next Government?Please t...
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United IrelanderWhy do SF support the OTR legislation? (5.12.2005, 00:01 UTC)
"Sinn Fein's position is absolutely clear, we are opposed to the inclusion of British state forces in the current legislation. "In our view it represents the latest attempt by the British state to conceal the truth about its involvement in the killing of citizens." - Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams speaking on the On-The-Run legislation. If that's the case Gerry, why won't your party come out and oppose the legislation in the way the SDLP, UUP, DUP, Fine Gael and Labour have? ...
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United IrelanderDrogheda take FAI Cup (5.12.2005, 00:00 UTC)
I'd like to congratulate Drogheda United on claiming their first ever trophy at senior level. They defeated Cork City 2-0 in the FAI Cup final at Lansdowne Road yesterday. Man of the Match Gavin Whelan and captain Declan O'Brien got the goals to deny eircom League Premier Division champions Cork City the double. I'm pleased for Drogheda's fans. As well as that, it's nice to see those Cork boys shut up every now and again!
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United IrelanderConnery calls for Scottish independence (4.12.2005, 15:32 UTC)
I see actor and best James Bond ever (don't deny it) Sir Sean Connery has reiterated his desire for an independent Scotland , as he accepted a lifetime achievement award at the European Film Awards. The 75-year-old said he wished he could be accepting the prize, "as if Scotland was independent and had a voice in Europe". His words were welcomed by the Scottish National Party. "The SNP are very proud to have the support of Sir Sean," said a spokesperson for the SNP. "We congrat...
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United IrelanderPeter Crouch scored...alleluia! (4.12.2005, 11:41 UTC)
So Liverpool managed to beat Wigan 3-0 on Saturday. But the big news is... Peter Crouch scored a goal! Miracles do happen!
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