Taoiseach takes a break..

Of course it’s a “new dawn”.. and not just a distraction from real politics.. ANYhoo.. lots of coverage of the visit by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley’s North Antrim constituency to tour the new Galgorm Hotel and Spa Resort.. which, while it was not [see footnote to report] the second item on Ian Paisley jnr’s shopping list, it did, apparently, receive over £1.7million from Invest NI in the past year.

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  • Dewi

    “It is a good day for the whole of Ireland because we need help from outside,” Mr Paisley said.

    Sometimes, just sometimes, you think there’s a light at the tunnel end.

  • joeCanuck

    Makes you wonder if was always just about becoming top dog or did he have a St.Paul moment on the road to Ballymena.

  • perci

    joe, I think it was at St.Andrews that Paisley discovered his humanity

  • Crataegus


    I think that top dog was the driving motivation and now he is on top of the hill he doesn’t have a clue in what direction to head.

    Anyway let us hope that such visits become the norm.

  • lib2016

    He never pretended to have any faith in

    1/ the Anglo Irish who have deserted the unionist party & the loyal orders

    2/ the British or their ‘Protestant Crown’

    The only real future for the Northern fundamentalist community is as partners in a new devolved NI.

    He has chosen to defend his community rather than hang onto a defunct colonial identity which is dependent on both the English and the Scottish nations for its very existence.

  • So who’s the ‘cuter hoor‘ now? 😉

    I understand Lord Maginnis of Drumglass has also noted Papa Doc’s use of ‘North of Ireland’ for ‘our wee country’ – so perhaps that means that the ‘Grand Old Duke of York‘ hasn’t so much turned as gone down the other side – presumably without a beret or a shotgun certificate!!

    I think he’s had a St Anthony moment rather than a St Paul one. Blair showed him the writing on the wall – “Joint Direct Rule or ……” – and he opted for a hand on the handle of power with Comical Marty, Bogsides very own Colonel Lundy (they both, allegedly, jumped on horses and high-tailed it to Derry when they saw the eyes of the enemy!!)

    When you look at all that money swilling around you might wonder which agency heads might have apartments (owned, rented or gifted) in the likes of Galgorm Manor and Runkerry House and what effect, if any, it might have on their judgements. Perhaps the Telegraph’s David Gordon will enlighten us; he seems to be remarkably well informed.

  • The Dubliner

    Nevin, a few billion Euros buys a lot of courtesy. Bribery is the name of the game. The Republic of Ireland squandering 8 per cent of its €180 billion national development plan under “All Island Co-operation” on a foreign state will have effects of political relationships that appear like friendliness but are really just professional courtesty which will reflect well of Messers Ahern and Paisley and screw the Irish taxpayer into the bargain.