“and I think something should be done about it..”

As Mick noted in July last year, after a previous British-Irish Council meeting,

The BIC tasked the secretariat, in consultation with member administrations, to undertake a strategic review of the council’s work programmes, working methods and support arrangements, including arrangements for a standing secretariat, and report back with firm proposals as soon as possible.

After today’s BIC meeting in Dublin, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern confirmed that a permanent secretariat is to be established – “He said a date for the introduction would be announced when staffing and the mechanics had been worked out.” Also of interest is the delegating of new Secretary of State for Wales, Paul Murphy, to attend on behalf of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Full communiqué hereMeanwhile, Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, revealed he’s not a fan of Eastenders..

“I am not a fan of EastEnders or Coronation Street, but my wife and my children, particularly the girls, watch the programme. I have to say I am absolutely appalled at the level of concentration around the pub in the programmes.

“I am appalled at the drunkenness that is quite clear for everybody to see and all of that before the nine o’clock watershed when children as young as eight, nine, 10 and 11 are watching.

“Now I regard that as irresponsible broadcasting, and I think something should be done about it,” said Mr McGuinness.

[He could switch over to a different channel.. – Ed]

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  • Oh Jesus, he’s been spending too much time with the Rev; he’s starting to sound like some preacher-politician from Ballymena who thinks that Harry Potter is a dangerous cult or Line Dancing is a sin. Talk about a match made in heaven.

  • Oiliféar

    And to think that that filth is carried by RTÉ and TV3 as well! For this Edward Fitzgerald died? And Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone?

  • Oiliféar

    On second thought, is it any wonder McGuinness is wary of Coronation Street and Eastenders? They probably do more to strengthen East-West relations than any number of “work” areas of the British-Irish council. (That and the Premiership.)

  • Oiliféar

    (Actually, looking back, that’s the same thought.)

  • Twinbrook

    another piss SF off rant….

    its getting boring….

    Just accept it!

  • Let me get this correct, the war ends and these politicos feel the time is right to set up a talking shop, god what a bunch. When there were real differences to be discussed these guys were hiding under the table.

    Don’t get me wrong, I do not object to the chaps having a beano or two at the tax payers expense, for it would make no difference if I did, but what are they going to debate, who gets the biggest slice of the cake.

    As to MMcG his statement just about sums him up,
    alter-bar biter and forelock tugger that he has become.

  • realst

    Very odd statement from the fisherman considering
    there’s been no big drive from spin Fein in
    Derry City Council to deal with our problem of under age street drinking.
    Following this comical statement should we now assume that the children of Derry under
    (11+ age) should not be exposed to our City centre at any time of the day.
    Not that long ago Martin was sending out the word for the young ones to get ripped in to the RUC.
    Naturally some of the children of the age martin has become so concerned for would have joined in with the high possibility of being killed by plastic bullets and all before the 9 o’clock watershed.
    Come to think of it these mini riots mostly took place whilst the offending programme was running.
    Just another bunch of no-hopers coming through to the next generation.
    What next?