Economy the galvinising principle for peace?

As a follow on to the last post, according to Dan McGinn, Archbishop Brady told reporter that Northern Ireland could be on the verge of unprecented prosperity, if its politicians final settle their differences.

  • Pete Baker

    “Archbishop Brady told reporter that Northern Ireland could be on the verge of unprecented prosperity, if its politicians final settle their differences.”

    So now he’s an Archbishop, a politician and an economist? Remind me who elected him, anyway?

    Like the other man said, “we could end up with an absolutely fantastic society..”

  • smcgiff

    Don’t remember seeing it covered on Slugger, but the Irish Government said last week that if a deal were done they wouldn’t be found wanting when it came to financing cross border infrastructure, by which I took to mean that they’d be paying for that infrastructure i.e. roads etc over the border as well as on their own side.

    If true, would this ruffle some unionists’ feathers?

  • Mick

    Yeah,and we could all live to 105 years of age. Pretty banal comment, even for a religious.
    The real motivation behind the meeting rests on good old fashioned Machievellian politics. The DUP agrees to reject the Brit’s plans to dismantle religious-based schooling system, while Catholic Church agrees to cruxify Sinn Fein if it rejects a DUP-backed policing system – quid-pro-quo.
    Back to basics as far as the Catholic Church goes. Sacrifice important social issue and marginal dissent within its community, in order to maintain its power with Northern society.

  • lib2016

    The Catholic Church tried to do Sinn Fein down in the 1980’s with British Government aid and a remarkable lack of success.

    The Church is now trying to recover it’s position in the South by assuming a responsibility for protecting the position of the poor in society and can be expected to do the same in the North as peace becomes established.

    Good move it seems to me and if the DUP join them and Sinn Fein in pushing for help for similar socially responsible measures then all parties should be applauded.

  • Dec

    “Archbishop Brady told reporters that Northern Ireland could be on the verge of unprecented prosperity, if its politicians final settle their differences.”

    So now he’s an Archbishop, a politician and an economist?

    And a Unionist, judging from those comments.

  • Greenflag

    Unprecedented ‘prosperity’ presumably means more cash being dropped into the collection plates in the pews .

    When it comes to the ‘money’ the clerics are all in favour of more . Not for them of course but for the ‘Lord’ . Meanwhile they just let the Lord’s ‘money’ rest in their account on earth 🙁

    Market share of the rapidly declining population of religious gullibles is what the churches are concerned about .

  • lib2016


    Given that all of us has our own agenda why not concede that we might all be trying to do the best we know?

    I don’t like organised religion of any sort but anyone wanting to see the North develop has to see that it will involve working with those with religious convictions, and those without such hangups, just as it will involve working with those of differing political beliefs.

  • Greenflag


    I actually believe in the separation of Church and State . Your religion is your own business not the State’s . As for working with those of differing political beliefs -of course – if it makes sense. But a coalition of SF Republicans and DUP Unionists with diametrically opposed constitutional aspirations and diametrically opposed social and economic policies apart of course from both sides desire to see more public sector money spent in NI – is not a ‘voluntary coalition’ and does not make political sense . If it ever comes to pass the only reason will be that both parties will be thus able to ‘spend’ the English taxpayers money on their supporters and of course their elected ‘politicians ‘ will be able to continue to draw their salaries without being ‘accountable’ for raising the finances that pay their salaries .

  • mnob

    smcgiff – the ROI government have been asked and they have been found wanting – they said they would pay for the belfast (l)derry road and when they were asked for the money none came forward.

    Beware politicians promises.

  • Rory

    This debate (and indeed the misguided header that introduced it) falls not so much on the matter of “O ye of little faith” rather than on “o ye of little understanding”.

    It may seem a perfectly logical step for a layman ( a man of the world) to equate “prosperity” with economic advance, with an increase in material prosperity. Not only would it not necessarily so be for a senior “Man of the Church”, it might indeed even be considered a dangerous diversion.

    His Grace has given anodyne words of hope and faith as is the wont of princes of the Church. But he was not so foolish, as the header suggested, as to really commit himself to any comment on future economic prospects.

    In the final analysis he always has an out (and a damned good one at that, by my lights anyway:

    “For what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world….etc.”

  • páid

    Mick is on the ball, it seems to me.

    And Pete, I don’t think you get to be Archbishop without being a very good economist and politician.

    The Catholic Church doesn’t care about Ireland, republics, or Celtic culture.

    Look at their austere buildings to see what they care about.

    Power, numbers.

    And, like the Prod religion, it’s all a crock.