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Born in mid to late 60's in South Armagh...reasonably open minded...sound enough knowledege of Irelands history but I want to learn more...but I cant help feeling debate has died, for fear of offending. Talking is good.

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BarneyT has commented 646 times (7 in the last month).

  1. Comment on What makes for a successful and thriving democracy?
    on 24 April 2014 at 9:12 am

    I find it hard to believe that northern Ireland democracy bedded in before the Republic. Then again there are so many facets to democracy

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  2. Comment on Michael D and the Queen are just “what you need on occasions like this…”
    on 11 April 2014 at 6:59 pm

    The English are very accepting of the irish in England. Having been a Nipple ( northern irish professional person living in England) for over 20 years I can testify to that. Most I met ask, why don’t we pull out….or on other occasions why don’t the irish stop shooting each other.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve felt hostility on the odd occasion but this was accompanied by a theme… fans.

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  3. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 11 April 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Some gaa clubs were named after volunteers or depending on your bent, terrorists. Wearing the said top, with the club name adorned is not the same as wearing a gaa top carrying the name of a terrorist. It’s carrying the club name, which is perhaps a generation or more old. Besides I’ve never seen a gaa top with nelson Mandela emblazoned.

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  4. Comment on McGuinness trying to assure ordinary unionists that he recognises their Britishness?
    on 10 April 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Ok… they’ve had a rethink but surely their presence in Dublin would have allowed them to stake a true all Ireland claim, hasten statesmanship and clothe themselves as would be governors.

    That will happen but it’s further away than it ought to be. It was a missed opportunity in 2011. The recent visit elevated martin who must now been seen as the true leader in the north. Perceptions go a long way on both sides of the border and on the international stage.

    Brave move. Hurrah.

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  5. Comment on McGuinness trying to assure ordinary unionists that he recognises their Britishness?
    on 10 April 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Interesting move by sinn fein. He attended as a representative of a northern Ireland government, toasted the queen and stood for the British anthem. Put in those words many dissers will be seething but perhaps expectant at the same time. Martin mischievously said by attending it would offer an all Ireland dimension to the visit, implying his inclusion was key to that.

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  6. Comment on McGuinness trying to assure ordinary unionists that he recognises their Britishness?
    on 10 April 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Test… Please delete if this works. Submit button disappears on android with extended comments it seems

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  7. Comment on Truth or justice: Highly unlikely that most us will ever have either…
    on 28 March 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Too much has happened to ever see an end to the convictions, trials, inquiries…and the volume will ensure that probability plays a part in ensuring a variety of outcomes. The system will collapse…and the needs wont be addressed.

    I do look at the crimes that don’t fit into the theatre of war and think, great, you”ll get whats coming to you…but there is too much anger and hatred inspiring those what want justice…and due to that, a failed trial or perceived lack of justice will fuel the fire….and they’ll take it into their own hands…and the saga rolls on

    we need an amesty…as painful as it might be to never to get the result you want. Its a hard path to take, but a necessary one.

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  8. Comment on #ShinnersList is “a consequence of Sinn Fein’s selfish misdealing…”
    on 4 March 2014 at 8:16 am

    Can we regard the need to balance Para crimes with IRA crimes…or indeed balance the “amnesty” as an admission that were was perhaps a war after all?

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  9. Comment on North-Southery? Build a wall or a bridge?
    on 4 March 2014 at 8:06 am

    There is a great deal of separatism within unionism……

    The border is convenient for others and not so for many. A economic union or at least a level of cooperation is critical. Perhaps if NI could manage its own tax affairs, the border may dissolve in economic terms as there would be more incentive to protect revenue. The border and the many monetary disparities between north and south attracts fraud and other effects that may be regarded as semi-entrepreneurial….mostly illegal…as it would anywhere. We need to look at closer cooperation to bring down the costs of everyday living, focusing on utilities, health, education and other services that we cannot do with out.

    But all of that to some just sounds like reunification. now theres an idea :-)

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  10. Comment on Sinn Fein and the south-where do they go from here? #SFAF
    on 10 February 2014 at 7:43 pm

    StreeLegal: whilst SF are playing a long game and taking a while to deliver (assuming there are functions in the executive that enable delivery), I wouldn’t say they want power for powers sake. I think they will use it given a chance, which may or may not be to everyone’s liking…but they wont idle.

    Tmitch: Your comments regarding SF are a bit dated, and whilst many may agree, that’s a long time ago. I’d hate to think that the SF\IRA of the past is a more welcome sight than that we see today but I cant help feeling many would prefer the old model to nourish their immovable hatred.. The political SF who offer and now encourage PSNI support and the rule of law, sufficient to go into power with the DUP should be recognised as the animal they are today, and not the monster they perhaps may have been in the past.

    What lies a head for SF? Mostly probably government in the ROI and perhaps the leading party in the north. As that leading party, I feel they will deliver more for all. I would not be classed as a classic shinner, but more someone that welcomes where they are today. However, success in the north, but governing for all and serving the British and Irish cultures will serve well in the ROI and they know that.

    I can see SF eating into many FF votes as well as Labour and indeed gaining many transfers from FF. They will become the third party and if they continue along present lines and manage to internationally attach a post Haass agreement to their ass, FF should watch out. They may even achieve this with Gerry at the helm, but the McDonald\Doherty ticket will launch a new level of acceptability for SF.

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