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  1. Comment on SpAd debate: Winners, losers and the SDLP’s tough call on the matter of victims
    on 4 June 2013 at 7:09 pm

    “….completely ignores the inconvenient reality that the ‘law’ was constructed by one of the protagonists to the conflict and utilised as a propaganda tool to determine who could be considered ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators.’ A person with decent values should be uncomfortable with any process that absolves the people of real power while applying the invidious label of ‘perpetrator’ primarily to working class people from the historically subordinate community”.

    The whole premise of the NI state was one built upon a sectarian head count. It had conflict and discrimination written into its DNA. The people of real power that misruled this state for decades have in effect answered to no one.

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  2. Comment on What does McIlroy’s pending decision for Team GB mean to the rest of us?
    on 14 September 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Alex Pearce is a top player. Ireland are lucky to have him. He qualifies for an Irish passport and is therefore eligible to play for Ireland. The same rules apply to every other international team.

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  3. Comment on Team Ireland, Team GB, or both?
    on 9 August 2012 at 2:28 pm

    The ‘foreign’ tag is used by some in order to pretend nationalist Ireland only goes as far as the border and no further. The fact is the border does not divide nor define the nationalist identity. Irish citizenship is a birthright to anyone born in Ireland (island of).

    The Tricolour is meant to represent a 32 county Ireland. Its very design to symbolise peace between Orange and Green.

    The fact is athletes from the North can choose team GB or team Ireland and it appears to work well. Both identities respected.

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  4. Comment on Meeting the Queen could free up psychological space for Sinn Fein to move into Westminister…
    on 29 June 2012 at 4:31 pm

    or perhaps the de facto figurehead for all nationalists in Ireland (island of)

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  5. Comment on After #Euro2012 is it time to think about a single Ireland soccer team?
    on 15 June 2012 at 11:22 am

    The ROI effectively has an All Ireland team as the FAI can draw eligible players from the whole island that want to play for them; plus a large diaspora in GB to draw from. The small country excuse therefore doesn’t wash.

    Yet it would in the long term improve Ireland’s chances if the IFA and FAI could agree to field one international side but that seems unlikely for now.

    It wasn’t the fact that Ireland lost 4 0 it was the way the team lost. Same goes for the Croatia game. Was it poor tactics, players under performing, selecting players out of form or just carrying injuries?……I don’t know but it must be the poorest showing at a major tournament. Qualifying for Euro 2012 was an achievement but we expect more that from Ireland.

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  6. Comment on McGuinness wants to support Northern Irish football team?
    on 2 February 2012 at 6:49 am

    Martin McGuinness attending a NI game at Windsor park is not the beginning of a new rapprochement. The nationalist community will continue to support/favour a team that more represents All Ireland and not a hived off part of it.

    Attending the NI game is a gesture. Similarly Peter Robinson attending a GAA game is unlikely to see the unionist community en mass follow or take up Gaelic football or hurling.

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  7. Comment on Irish emigration – most to go Britain
    on 13 January 2012 at 6:06 pm


    “are you seriously expecting 1.7 million people to vote for a 15-20% cut in their living standard ?”

    As in vote to maintain a subsidised economic backwater hived off from the rest of Ireland?. The Northern economy is addicted to the handout. A habit HM govt in Westminster will need to address.

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  8. Comment on Irish emigration – most to go Britain
    on 13 January 2012 at 2:47 am

    Or more specifically if the subvention from Westminster was to dry up over night the NI state would collapse. The northern economy remains highly uncompetitive. Emigration is now a real issue for both parts of Ireland. And the economic holocaust doesn’t just stop at the Irish border, Tough times lie ahead for both jurisdictions so emigration has reared its ugly head yet again as the temporary panacea for Ireland’s ills. The usual destinations of choice are GB, Australia and the USA. Is this then a reasoned argument against Irish reunification or is it just an indictment on current economic policy?

    A vote in favour of reunification for a separate All Ireland state may seem unlikely at this moment. Yet an Ireland (island of) with a dysfunctional state sponsored economy in the NE, restricted from really paying its own way in the world, is like a self fulfilling prophecy – doomed. An economic culture of dependency has been disastrous for the Northern Ireland economy with detrimental effects on Ireland as a whole. And not much good for the UK govt ‘ever willing’ to pay the subsidy.

    The underlying long term causes for the under performance of the Irish economy on the whole island are manifold. One such cause is a divided economic set up. Efforts to address it with North South economic co-operation are hindered by political considerations, often viewed by unionists as an embryonic All Ireland govt ready to subsume NI through the back door. Progress may be slow.

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  9. Comment on Can Irish soccer ‘swing’ both ways?
    on 5 January 2012 at 7:46 pm

    It has to be faced at some point in the near future. The NI team is effectively a unionist team euphemistically referred to by its supporters as ‘our wee country’.

    Its pool of eligible players are ever diminishing. Embarrassing court cases that unsuccessfully try to rope in young nationalists to play for them makes me wonder what exactly the IFA are about.

    Tinkering with replacing the British anthem won’t cut the mustard. Root and branch reform of the NI set up won’t change things much either, apart from help lose its unionist identity.

    If the IFA want to continue with a NI team then so be it. The FAI have in effect an ALL Ireland team now. My preference would be for the FAI and IFA to amalgamate and have one Ireland team but that might mean some unacceptable compromises e.g. a meaningless anthem, neutral flags or none at all etc

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  10. Comment on “Time for the beginning of a calm debate” on Northern Ireland’s Demographics
    on 4 January 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Was it economic sense for the 26 counties to leave the union? These constitutional decisions, whether made in the past or in times ahead, are not always made for economic gain. There’s a whole complexity of issues, unforeseen circumstances and the law of unintended consequences that come into play.

    The growth of the nationalist population had the unintended consequence of seeing the DUP reach out for pro union votes from the nationalist community. The demographic change alters the perceived misconception that the GFA was simply a done deal. This far and no more. The Irish and British governments have to manage a peace ‘process’ that will in time involve constitutional change that reflects what’s happening on the ground.

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