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  1. Comment on When Mallie Meets Paisley [over the next two Mondays]
    on 11 January 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Seamus Mallon gave a great interview to Pat Kenny on this (when it broke Thurs morning) which unfortunately Newstalk hasn’t included on their podcast do-da. While Rté took an ultra fluffy view towards Paisley’s remarks with all emphasis on ‘senior’ – Mallon offered an astute and detailed synopsis of the context of the remarks, given Paisley’s lifelong convictions. We don’t hear enough of this ‘compare and contrast’ critique.

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  2. Comment on A is for Activist
    on 2 January 2014 at 1:32 am

    MR @ 5.56
    You quite revived me.
    NY’s resolution – visit SOT more often.
    With thanks.

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  3. Comment on Was the ‘Virgin in the Bonfire’ posed to inflict maximum political damage on the Orange?
    on 18 July 2013 at 11:39 am

    Key to the OO’s struggle ever since the late 90s, is to convince the world that the protestant people are victims – more sinned against than sinning – as part of their fundamentalist attachment to such ideas. Not only is there a lack of evidence to support nationalist statue stealing, but there are numerous incidents of the ‘more sinned against’ narrative. Among the most memorable examples is when the protestant community blamed Chrissie Quinn for blackening the name of the OO.

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  4. Comment on North Belfast kicks off…
    on 13 July 2013 at 1:13 am

    SO very grateful that I’m not anywhere near it.

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  5. Comment on Australian Labor ditch Barry girl..
    on 27 June 2013 at 11:10 am

    Gillard has been treated disgracefully by her so called colleagues within the party, who have not only hounded her out but given her zero credit for her considerable political accomplishments.
    She passed 532 pieces of legislation, in a Parliament that was hung where every piece had to be painstakingly negotiated. These included the Carbon price, Fair Work Act, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Gonski reforms to school funding and an historic agreement with the Chinese leadership ensuring leadership dialogue between Oz and China – something that Rudd was unable to achieve.
    While I agree that Julia – on reaching power – somehow lost her ability for public speaking, I suspect it was due to being over rehearsed by the background machine of the ALP, and this was a pity.
    But Rudd has less personal charisma & even fewer principles. The ALP deserve everything that’s coming to them.

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  6. Comment on Ruairí Ó Brádaigh dies
    on 6 June 2013 at 11:14 pm

    He had the integrity at least, to insist that Republicanism be a non- movable feast, unlike the fabricators of Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. For that I actually thank him. Pity that he didn’t make it to 2016 – but on the other hand – maybe just as well. I’ll refrain from comment on the all-shiney-new-improved north, but with the south in right-wing wet-dream territory, it promises to be ‘some party’.
    Thoughts are with his family

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  7. Comment on Adams’s extended RTE interview on political murder turns the southern clock right back for Sinn Fein…
    on 9 May 2013 at 11:31 am

    Mick – FF were not merely ‘on the bridge’ when SS Ireland struck doom – their cronyism and corruption was completely out of control. The ‘ice berg’ was no tragic mishap but a deliberately created, by unfettered free market corporatism, bubble – which did which bubbles do. FF willfully steered SS Ireland directly into the ‘iceberg’ then transferred huge amounts of private debt into public hands. Inflicting crippling economic crisis on populations – and getting away with it – this is the new domestic terrorism.

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  8. Comment on Adams’s extended RTE interview on political murder turns the southern clock right back for Sinn Fein…
    on 8 May 2013 at 6:31 pm


    you are not at liberty to edit the content of my comments, which was:
    ‘rampant disregard for proper war protocol’ – suggests no flippancy on the issue.

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  9. Comment on The struggle for abortion and other reform north and south is far from over
    on 8 May 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Without having time right now go into various sources, the decline in fertility is connected more to factors such as drugging (particularly long-term use of contraceptives but also wide range of other medications are being discovered to have a detrimental effect on fertility) and pollution or toxicity of which there is an increasingly wide exposure to (e.g. plastics ingested causes infertility in shellfish)

    As stated on John’s thread, the pro-unborn life campaign is made up from highly ideological people. Practicalities and realities, they generally don’t wish to discuss.

    For example – not just the demand for abortion (conservative estimate 4000 citizens per yr in the south) .by women who, for a very wide number of complex reasons, avail of it – but in the instance of those abortions being unavailable, the ‘unwanted’ children (conservative estimate 4000 per yr) who require proper care.

    Perhaps the reason for ignoring such messy realities is that it interferes with pro-unborn-life movement’s ideology – it’s ultimate desire nOT being for the welfare of children – but for purity. To hold Ireland up as an unstained snowy sheet in a world of sin – an unobtainable desire – needless to say.

    Although it can’t be denied that some women do use abortion as a form of contraceptive, most women do not like abortion and hence do not use it lightly, if at all. That’s my experience, which can’t be backed by research because it doesn’t exist – I mean why spend money asking women about their needs and motivations?

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