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  1. Comment on Was Ireland fatally wounded in 1916?
    on 19 April 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Ireland’s minimum wage for over 21′s £7.12 ph, UK’s £6.31 ph.

    Ireland’s weekly basic job seekers allowance for over 25′s £154.76, UK’s £72.40.

    Ireland’s average wage just under £35000 pa, UK’s £26000 pa.

    Hardly a fatal wound.

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  2. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 9 April 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Surplus of labour supply over demand for labour O level economics = low wages.

    Thanks for that Barnshee I’ll relay that to my electricity supplier the next time they want paid and I don’t have the money. I’m sure they’ll be so understanding.

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  3. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 7 April 2014 at 7:51 pm

    What’s satellite dishes got to do with the price of fish? I’ve got one outside my house but that’s to pick up freesat if it makes you feel any better. Many other people I know used to have Sky but can’t afford the subscription any more so they just use the dish to pick up the free to air channels.

    It’s pointless arguing with you because you ignore any facts put in front of you and just repeat the usual right wing rhetoric regarding benefits.

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  4. Comment on McGuinness WILL attend events during Pres Higgins state visit to GB
    on 6 April 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, happy now Gopher?

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  5. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 6 April 2014 at 12:36 am

    Old Mortality I’ve looked at Job Centre online for the North and they have a total of 1922 jobs listed for the entire area. Newry where I live has something like 3000 unemployed alone so where all these jobs are I don’t know. Throw in zero hour contracts, work for your dole schemes and the general low pay people here receive it’s clear a shit storm would ensue if more restrictions were brought in.

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  6. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 4 April 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Old Mortality your answer is to send people out to work regardless of the financial implications to them. I’m sure the next time they owe money to an organisation they can phone them up and explain how their stoicism in going out to work and not claiming benefits is the moral and proper thing to do, it still won’t pay the bills but still…

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  7. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 4 April 2014 at 10:18 pm

    “I don’t think the object of welfare reform is to reduce fraud. It is designed to make formal employment a more attractive option and that is difficult to achieve if benefit payments are not curbed.”

    If formal employment is to be made a more attractive option then a more attractive pay increase will have to be offered. The North of Ireland has some of the lowest levels of pay in the United Kingdom and allied to the rise in household bills and utilities where wages have not kept up, working is frankly not worth it. Perhaps a start could be made with businesses who expect the tax payer to top up their low wages in the form of tax credits, when they start paying a proper living wage then perhaps we can talk about welfare reform.

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  8. Comment on Green Party propose sacking climate deniers: Vegetarian Stalinism?
    on 17 February 2014 at 12:34 am

    The trouble for me is that America has had it’s coldest winter in years so Global warming is a bit of a misnomer if it only involves a select number of countries instead of the whole world. Or have I misinterpreted the theory?

    Also don’t forget the Climate scientists who got trapped by expanding ice in the Antarctic a couple of months ago whilst attempting to gather evidence to support global warming, very embarrassing.

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  9. Comment on Terrorist play park breached equality guidelines
    on 14 February 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Unionist politicians in Newry would sooner use a small poorly equipped play park to score cheap political points rather than attack the scandalous lack of investment as a whole into the Newry and Mourne area.

    Witness the shenanigans over the Narrow Water bridge funding to see why many working class Nationalists are disillusioned with the system and how it treats them.

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