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  1. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 13 April 2014 at 6:21 pm

    The only elite Irish army units are British eg the Irish Guards. So, I don’t see that happening. However, there were many atrocities carried out by Irish terrorists, part financed by the RoI government and no such burning occurred. Even when WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot from the Libyan embassy it wasn’t threatened…

    Although, I think we’re getting away from the point here somewhat…

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  2. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 13 April 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Or at the British Embassy in Dublin?

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  3. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 13 April 2014 at 12:49 pm

    So, play GSTQ at Queen’s graduations? What next…

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  4. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 13 April 2014 at 11:24 am

    The OO is also an Irish thing. It’s also older than the GAA. If either was to embrace the other side they’d whither.

    Round the world you don’t have teenage boys joining marching bands in any where near the rate here. Likewise, round the world teenage boys don’t seek out GAA sport. Basically, it’s not that great a sport. I also know there are exceptions – I’m generalising.

    We have to decide whether we want both or neither. Personally, I’d rather have respect shown for each other’s culture and keep both. It’s what makes US different. Otherwise we’ll just become another banal western country with imported TV, sport, music, etc

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  5. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 12 April 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hi SK,

    if you believe that why not replace the Parades Commission with a Culture Commission?

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  6. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 12 April 2014 at 12:44 pm

    “Respect our flag while we burn yours”

    And then burn your embassy? See how easy this is…

    It’s either both cultures or none. Parades commission needs to be a culture commission as currently it only affects one side of the community.

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  7. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 12 April 2014 at 11:47 am

    I fully expect more incidents like this and complaints like this to increase. Much like the growth of residents’ groups to loyalist parades. To quote David Irvine it’s “returning the serve”.

    For years Nationalists have engaged in the cultural war. In Queen’s there has been the removal of GSTQ at graduation – for a University named after the Queen! (Victoria) and the RUC band also apparently caused great offence, so had to go. Whilst I don’t think anyone can tell anyone what to wear, within reason, they can within the workplace. In universities that’s lectures, labs, etc. So, GAA top wearing students could be forced to remove tops or at least cover them up to attend. Outside, they could wear whatever.

    Get used to it there’s more of this to come. GAA/Gaelic in the workplace does not create a neutral atmosphere. Further down the line Catholic schools, which are also currently outside fair employment laws, are an obvious target – even Obama mentioned the separate schools in his Waterfront speech. An open goal for unionists.

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  8. Comment on Boston College tapes unlikely to lead Adams to gaol but suggest any truth process is pointless
    on 28 March 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Socaire,

    The term COLONIAL is explained by the OED as “Of, belonging to, or relating to a colony, or (spec.) the British colonies; in American history, of or belonging to the thirteen British colonies which became the United States, or to the time while they were still colonies. Now freq. derogatory.”

    The American Revolutionaries claimed their fight was exactly because there was taxation with no representation. Which rather makes my point…

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  9. Comment on Boston College tapes unlikely to lead Adams to gaol but suggest any truth process is pointless
    on 26 March 2014 at 8:19 pm

    PoI Socaire, what sort of ‘colony’ gets to send MPs to the ‘mother’ parliament?

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  10. Comment on Green Party propose sacking climate deniers: Vegetarian Stalinism?
    on 18 February 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Barney,

    “It doesn’t work that way…….”

    Well, isn’t that handy!

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