When is a political event a party event and when is it not?

By popular demand (and in an attempt to preserve the integrity of this useful conversation), Alasdair McDonnell is asking the GAA why one of its clubs was allowed an apparent breach of Rule 7a… Nonsense says Chris at Balrog, the Republican movement is not a political party but something that is open to everyone to participate in…

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