Irish set to divvy up for north…

AFTER the PR disaster of the £50 billion ‘peace dividend’ announced by the Chancellor and so badly spun by his chief bottom kisser the Northern Ireland Secretary, the Irish government was going to look good even if it only offered to dual the no-longer-rocky A1/N1 road to Dublin all the way to Newry… which it might, as the southern peace package will form part of the next Irish National Development Plan. Bertie’s now in talks with the Treasury and the NIO, so we’ll know soon enough – Ireland’s NDP for 2007-2013 is due to be published within days – unless the DUP thinks it’s worth looking a gift horse in the mouth because it smacks of joint authority. Would a billion euros sound greedy?

  • mnob

    Helloooo …. weve had this before. The plan says no such thing about spending money in or on ‘the North’. It talks about building roads *to* the border and no further – oh and some shared health facilities.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • d4

    “Would a billion euros sound greedy?”

    YES, it bloody well would. NI is already an overly subsidised leech on Britain’s economy – why in gods name should our Government be providing funds in the first place?

    They would be better advised to put it into the health service or infrastructure in the west of Ireland.

    Bertie should remember that there is an election coming – sending our money across the border will definately NOT be a vote winner down here.

  • JR

    “oh and some shared health facilities.

    Nothing to see here. Move along. ” says mnob

    If mnob had a serious illness but on a long waiting list in the North and then was offered a earlier appointment date in the South I suspect he certainly would “Move along”!!

  • mnob

    If mnob had a serious illness but on a long waiting list in the North and then was offered a earlier appointment date in the South I suspect he certainly would “Move along”!!

    Yes of course I would without hesitation.

    My point is that we’ve had the spin from UK government, now from the ROI.

    (and the shared medical facilities are in border areas in Northern Ireland – the ROI are stumping up so that ROI citizens can use them)

  • Yokel

    Welcome Ireland to the North…this little taster of giving your money away will give you some idea of what its going to be like if you ever get your hands on the place.

    You see the problem isn’t corporation tax or an over enlraged public sector, its a large swathe of the population who are uninspired, lazy, moaning, whinging halfwits who have been indulged by the British government for decades and will not alter that ‘I exepct it to be given to me’ attitude for generations.

    It’s death. Good luck….

    PS And for anyone who thinks it clever saying ‘oh they’ll soon change when we don’t do this or that’ that won’t happen either.

  • peter

    this is playing man not ball. whatever you think of P Hain and I am not a fan of the man at all can you leave out the chief bottom kisser slagging. it adds nothing to the debate atall.

  • eranu

    one unfortunate effect of the road upgrade from the border to newry is the vastly increased house prices in and around newry. newry will soon be a commuter town for dublin.
    a quick search gave a 2 bed terrace in dundalk at €295k and a 3 bed terrace in newry at €222k. still a bit to go then.
    in a few years the city has gone from affordable housing for first time buyers to well out of peoples range. wonder what first time buyers in newry think of the celtic tiger now??

  • “Bertie should remember that there is an election coming – sending our money across the border will definately NOT be a vote winner down here.

    Posted by d4 on Nov 28, 2006 @ 09:30 AM”

    Actually it would be a bit of a vote winner here in Donegal.
    Improving the road from Lifford/Strabane to Monaghan would be a big favourite here.

    I’m based in North Donegal andthe exent to which we are cut off from the rest of the island apropos transport is a huge issue.
    In Transport 21 the Donegal bits of the plan didnt even have timescales-unlike the rest of the plan for down the country.
    Donegal borders the three western counties of NI.

    Anything that ties Donegal into that transport network can only be good for the forgotten folk of Donegal.

  • corkman

    Great idea Phil.

    Sadly and depressingly there are a lot of southerners who think Donegal is part of the North.

  • This reminds me of a meeting I was at a couple of years ago at Trinity. My coleagues knew I ahd not driven to Dublin and that I ahd used public transport from Letterkenny.

    They asked me “When does your train leave for Letterkenny?”

    I told them “1953”

    They said “oh good you have plenty of time its only four”.

    All of my colleagues were Dubliners and produced at great expense to the eductaion system.

    They thought we had a rail link to Sean Dun na nGall……………..

    If only

  • CONFUSED

    Talk is cheap.At present ROI thinks it can afford to make huge investment in NI but has any thought been given to the inevitable downturn to the economy which will take place over the next few years? When home owners face negative equity they will not want their government to pour money into another country.
    Jobs will flee Ireland to India and China and at the same time the German economy will strengthen and thus put pressure on interest rates.
    Ireland is dependent on investment from USA and control from Brussels.
    So much for ourselves alone.