Givan restores Líofa Bursary Scheme funding

Olive branch being offered, but is it too little, too late?

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  • Granni Trixie

    People will be talking about you.

  • Granni Trixie

    Now how does that discount business work?
    (O dear is this wee joke terribly non PC?)

  • Granni Trixie

    Anthony you’re a star.

  • Fear Éireannach

    I think it was Pól Mag Dhuibhín who tweeted today.

  • Ciaran Caughey

    They deserve a better leader.Total mystery what Eastwood is doing in job?

  • Ciaran Caughey

    Was Foster sent by Trimble to destroy The DUP?

  • Ciaran Caughey

    There will NOT be a return to violence.The idea is insane.

  • Ciaran Caughey

    Arelene and Paul visit Vatican.

  • SDLP supporter

    I agree that Dublin does not have the solution, none of us on our own do, and we all have it between us, but Dublin is at the table, they’ll draw up the chair, and they’ll not be at arm’s length either.

  • Teddybear

    Oh let’s have an Irish Language Act. I’ve changed my mind on this one.

  • Teddybear

    The smell of skid marks more like

  • J D

    Well the DUP blinked. Interesting times.

  • Teddybear

    If someone could guarantee the NHS and respect for British citizenship to be passed to generation to generation, Commknwealth membership and a new flag and anthem then I’d support a United Ireland

    But FF/FG/SDLP show no energy to come up with a persuasive package for unionists like me

    Come on Nationalists, show me your booty

  • larry hughes

    A £50,000 scandal brings down Stormont and Iris Robinson nowhere to be seen.

  • ted hagan

    Yes but this feels like a diifferent scenario. It’s as if the powersharing engine is clapped out and the mechanic is shaking his head.

  • grumpy oul man

    I suspect your right, but with a. Less extreme UUP on one side and a more extreme TUV on the other, this tough unionist/ compromising unionist see sawing could well cost votes ar either side of the spectrum.

  • grumpy oul man

    Ill be a bit happier if no party has the numbers to use POCs i think thats the best result we can ask for. And i think you right both SF and the DUP will lose seats but the DUP will be the biggest party but with any luck this whole thing will teach them manners.

  • Teddybear

    Plausible if we were talking about Republicsns as they are adept at the long game and strategy but Unionists thinking so cleverly and long term? Splutter pezzuzle and fizz

  • Teddybear

    Danny Morrison is on record saying that even in the early 60s that the idea of a reformed IRA making a comeback to do battle was unthinkable.

    But I doubt violence will return as we don’t have systemic state discrimination anymore but looking at the wider world today, identify politics is at the fore. Who knows who or how many would think Irish is worth a blood sacrafice

  • Teddybear

    Not unless they show us they’ve swallowed the Host in its entirety. Let’s demand a stomach scan

  • Lionel Hutz

    I agree with that. By removing Sinn Feins reasons they can cast this election as an attempt by Sinn Fein to decide on who leads unionism and simple opportunism. Whether that works or not…I’m not sure.

    I also think that there are a fair number of unionists who saw the liofa funding as a cheap stunt and it hasn’t gone down well with some unionist voters. It’s one thing for voters to see that kind of action in the normal course of politicking here but when it results in having to have an early election, they might not react well at all

  • T.E.Lawrence

    OK “P O’Neil” whatever you say ! I remember someone telling me that many moons ago too !

  • eireanne3

    – guarantee the NHS – not even Westminster can guarantee the NHS for much longer (seen the papers recently?Virgin Health Care reigns in a lot of southern England). Tories want to privatise it — so good luck with guaranteeing it.

    – guarantee British citizenship to be passed to generation to generation – That depends on the UK government. They are the only people that can decide on the rules of British citizenship. Ask them if they want you and your descendants for generations and generations. Lobby them if you care enough!

    -guarantee Commknwealth membership – what has the Commonwealth ever done for you? What have you ever done for the Commonwealth? Has the Commonwealth any voice in who its members are? What makes you convinced it wants you?

    – guarantee a new flag and anthem – Democracy rules, not you! If a majority of people vote for a new flag and anthem, they will appear. There is no guarantee you will like the new ones any better than the old ones. Or perhaps you will approve of only the ones you like?

    And keep up the same old, same old demands?

  • Madra Uisce

    TE Are you getting any sense that there may be any chance of a change of voting intentions or will the sectarian card that the DUP will surely play come up trumps.

  • 05OCT68

    Claire Hanna would have been my choice although I don’t know if she was in the running. She’s a good speaker not prone to histrionics, nor should Conall Mc Devitt been allowed to resign, internal party conflict with Alasdair Mc Donnell I think.

  • SDLP supporter

    Seems fair enough questions to me. SDLP has already put on record that all the rights and guarantees currently available to the nationalist minority would equally apply to the unionist minority in the event of a United Ireland. I doubt if any of the Dail parties and SDLP would have any difficulty assenting to that.
    As for the Commonwealth, no less a person than De Valera thought it unwise to leave it and his grandson, Eamon O Cuiv TD, is in favour of going back in.

    The NHS is one of the pinnacles of British achievement, on a par with Shakespeare or Newton. The most radical thing that a democratic government ever did and also the most politically popular. Has to be retained.
    Let’s talk.

  • SDLP supporter

    Lol! Brilliant!

  • David

    It was indeed rejected. Givan also bizarrely stated to Lee at the hearing that ”some of us don’t need evidence”, an interesting approach from the chairman of a justice committee. Conversely he treated the representatives of Ruhama (an anti-prostitution group with strong links to the infamous Magdalene Orders) with kid gloves.

  • 05OCT68

    “Ought never to have happened” Granni is the salient point, in the middle of a financial scandal & needing the support of their partners in government the DUP went ahead anyway. Its political ineptitude or bigotry either way it was the final straw. The anger within Nationalism is hard to overestimate, it forced SF into a position it does not want to be in. SF contrary to what most think could see a Nationalist backlash, seen as unable to protect/advance Irish culture in NI. What form the backlash takes is I suspect a low Nationalist turnout. Low turnouts are bad news in NI it leaves the stage open for political opportunists advancing zero sum policies.

  • Gingray

    More the local pollsters the DUP use I thought might clue ya in 🙂

  • North Down

    The POCs is only they for orange and green reasons, of course it shouldn’t be there, true democracy is not there if you have POCs, but because it is there I like that it can be used for some things. Being selfish of course, your so spot on , manners has been the downfall of the dup for years, my mum still can’t vote dup because of the bad manners they showed the uup when David trimble was around, speaking as a unionist I would love the dup to show good manners to the Catholic folk who would vote dup but can’t because the way they get on,

  • grumpy oul man

    But the POC means that all any party needs is more than 30 seats and it can stall anything it wants.
    That is not democracy the shinners have used it and the DUP have.
    we need to be in a place that allows democracy to work.

  • 05OCT68

    A commonwealth so the Queen would be the head of state of a new Ireland. Ireland no longer a republic, you nor I could have the right to attain the highest political office? Do you think so little of yourself. Respect for British citizenship in a new Ireland is already in ” Unionist” hands it will be a reflection of the respect for Irish citizenship in NI. As for the NHS who is not a supporter of what is probably the UK greatest achievement? Irelands HSE would benefit from a greater tax base & a single administration, an NHS style system is the envy of many in Ireland & all ” Northerners” would expect it.

  • 05OCT68

    She’s having coffee.

  • mooncoin

    SF could no longer ignore the incandescent anger with in the Nationalist community , that anger has forced them to acquire a set of balls and face up to the DUP bullies . SF has been turning the other cheek to the point where its head was spinning . The DUP really didn’t see Martin’s resignation coming , they must have thought business as usual , so what we have now is a political train wreck in a failed state with scant likelihood of it ever being fixed . Bleak ? It sure is .

  • mooncoin

    Arlene has a hide that any Armadillo would be proud of , in fact I think in future I shall be referring to her as Armadillo Arlene .

  • North Down

    Your right but we are a long way of that, what if unionists want to put a motion on the table , which is got only to do with BritishNess and will wind up sf and there supporters how will they stop it without POCS, it was put in the good Friday agreement for that kind of reason, but your 110 percent right it is not true democracy using the POCS, that is a very hard sticking point we have somehow get rid off

  • mooncoin

    Why would anyone seriously consider investing in NI when they can go a hundred miles of so down the road where there is a business friendly stable Government , infrastructure , educated workforce and a sectarian free environment ?

  • grumpy oul man

    Simple they wont be able to stop it unless they have the majority in the assembly. It the way democracy works. Win some lose some.

  • North Down

    I will go with that

  • Annie Breensson

    Ah yes – the old magic trick of making 50k disappear and then finding it in his trousers pocket! Typical smoke and mirrors stuff.

    BTW – I understand some of the smoke from the scheme to ensure RTI wouldn’t cost a penny more has been spotted in a Fermanagh builder’s yard.

  • Teddybear

    I tell you this. If people like me are thinking this then talks on this subject need to start but Nationalists should not let SF be the only voices heard about unification. Yes the SDLP has a proposal but you whisper it. FF/FG don’t say anything at all.

    The English don’t want us but I don’t want to be in a further impoverished Ireland.

    I’m surprised unionists politicians somewhere aren’t talking about this

  • T.E.Lawrence

    MU Alex Kane has done a survey on twitter upto 2.5K people now and 50% of people say they are voting the same 30% say they are changing and 10% are saying they did not vote this time but are coming out to vote this time. If that 30% is from DUP to other Unionists this would be seismic ! I also think that 10% coming out to vote now is Rep/Nat as we seen in Brexit. That puts another 50K on the Rep/Nat Vote. For me I am trying to get the Loyalist Voters ( who do not vote) to come out and vote PUP and other Unionists and Others right down the card. If this pans out the DUP could take a severe hit ! but be under no illusion a rat is at its most dangerous when it is cornered. This is going to be a brutal and messy campaign in the Unionist Areas. Don’t be surprised if you see fisty cuffs at election counts. The Unionist/Loyalist Voters will try to be distracted into an Orange v Green Scrap from DUP/SF they need to stay focused and vote for what it is really about OUT AND OUT CORRUPTION !

  • billodrees

    Perceptive. Very.

  • Teddybear

    Oh dear. How ignorant. I think you should read some history books my friend and put the comics down.

    The Queen maybe head of the Commonwealth but that doesn’t necessary mean she is head of State of it’s members. Some freely choose to let her such as Australia but others such as South Africa ( please note, it was the racist Afrikaner government who took SA out of the Commonwealth and guess who brought SA in again? Ah yes, President Mandela)

    Sorry to break it to you but there will no united Ireland without unionist agreement. And boo boo about 1921 partition. What’s done is done.

  • AntrimGael

    I would love to believe that people, especially Unionists, could see beyond sectarianism in the upcoming elections but sadly it’s not going to happen. The DUP have mastered scaremongering and fear and are artisans in whipping up bigotry amongst their flock. Over the next month or two the DUP will ensure that RHI, NAMA, Red Sky, Charter NI have faded away and the ONLY electoral issue will be THEMMUMS.
    The Nationalist electorate are starting to think outside the sectarian box and move away from the status quo. This is manifesting itself in the rise in the PBP vote but also unfortunately in apathy too. There is still a lot of anger and dissatisfaction with Sinn Fein and I do believe they will see their vote go down with the loss of a few seats.

  • billodrees

    Plenty of Commonwealth countries have their own HoS.

  • 05OCT68

    I’m happy to be corrected Thanks

  • 05OCT68

    Happy to be corrected on the Head of state, also happy that you agree with the rest of the post. Agree a UI requires unionist consent, look how NI failed without Nationalist consent. Shouldn’t you be hibernating its winter bear

  • AntrimGael

    The Irish Language sector are very committed and driven but the vast majority of them are motivated purely.by interest in the language, history and culture. I have NEVER met any Gaeligor (did I spell that right?) who goes around spouting political stuff or saying they MUST get one over on Unionism. They are also probably one of the most open, welcoming, friendly groupings you will meet and almost see it as an honour when Protestants and Unionists get involved. I have to hold my hands up. I loved Spanish and French at school but just found Irish difficult as a language.

  • T.E.Lawrence

    Don’t kid yourself ! The ingredients are still there for this ?
    https://telawrenceblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/loyalist-defence-1971/