Your country, Your call

€200k and national solvency up for grabs – Your Country, Your Call website.With Mary McAleese fronting this campaign, it has the feel of a call to arms or, at least, ploughs. Maybe it will be more successful than the ideas campaign?

Or perhaps Pinsters and the politics.ie set are right to sceptical?

  • abc123

    If they want to do something radical, they should become a devolved region of the UK. Instead of spending so much energy working against the UK, they should realise that the people of these islands have a long and shared history. A large number of Irish people are living and working in England. Eire needs to become more mature when dealing with its closest neighbour in these tough economic times. Irish would even become an official language in the UK!

  • Medillen

    Votail Sinn Fein!

  • KieranJ

    Don’t ever gt between Mary and a camera unless you want to be run over.

  • Coll Ciotach

    Become a region of th UK – worked well the last time that did – not

  • abc123

    Tough times require tough decisions. As a start, Eire should adopt sterling as its currency. Next it should re-join the Commonwealth. There is no point being an unemployed patriot while those at the top are enjoying the good life.

  • Relations between the ROI and the UK have never been better. There’s nothing immature about the people’s attitude to the UK if you are familiar with the republic. Eventhough relations are excellent, they don’t need to be formalised. To join the rest of the UK for economic reasons is shortsighted (and a little greedy!). True, the ROI is in an economic hole right now but will bounce back quicker as an independent nation rather than as a dependent outer region.

    I’m an open-minded nationalist and I’m all for closer relations between the peoples of these islands and would have no problem with the ROI joining the Commonwealth etc.

    People in NI often make the mistake of viewing relations between the rest of the UK and the ROI from a NI political stance. Both the UK and ROI have moved on quite a ways from their troubled past. Hopefully, NI will follow suit.

  • Mack

    Hmmmm..

    Perhaps the UK could join the Republic of Ireland as a series of devolved regions, central government could be determined by an electoral college based on a kind of Fibonaci series where voting strength is determined by the inverse of the distance of each state from the Motherland (the Republic of Ireland) so..

    England (furtherest away) gets 1 vote
    Scotland (next furthest away) gets 2 votes
    Wales gets 3 votes
    Northern Ireland gets 5 votes
    Republic of Ireland gets 8 votes

  • Henry94

    the people of these islands have a long and shared history

    Like the cowboys and the Indians.

    I suggest people look at the reaction on p.ie if they want an idea of how this latest stunt is going down

    http://www.politics.ie/economy/124035-your-country-your-call.html

  • Garza

    She sure likes staring out of that window, lookin a her fresh lawn lol.

  • Paddy

    McAleese should set the way by foregoing her salary and pension rights. Mary Robinson should do the same or STFU.

    Posters here show the futility of her husband flirting with thick sectarians ranters.

  • Greenflag

    paddy ,

    ‘Posters here show the futility of her husband flirting with thick sectarians ranters.’

    Do they ? Some of course but Jackie McDonald has let the cat out the bag for all those ‘moderate’ OO folk who just want to be ‘free’ to walk the Queen’s highway ?

    The leader of the UDA, Jackie McDonald, has just argued strongly against the position that the DUP has adopted on the issue of Orange marches:

    “People used to walk down roads where Protestants lived. Now they want to walk down the same road where nationalists live. It might be tradition and it might be culture, but why would you?”
    Why indeed? But McDonald does not leave it at the level of a rhetorical question – he goes on to give the answer that all nationalists know, but most unionists deny:

    “What I’ve seen at Garvaghy Road before, or the Ormeau Road – once they got down the road, it was triumphalism straight out. That’s not the reason to walk down the road. That wasn’t the reason they walked down the road 30 years ago, or 50 years ago or 100 years ago. But they’ve turned it round. They’re not walking down the same road for the same reason. It’s to get one up on the other community, or being there because the other community says you can’t be.”

    Methinks McDonald speaketh the truth whereas Campbell tells a lie 😉

  • Greenflag

    abc123,

    ‘ If they want to do something radical, they should become a devolved region of the UK. ‘

    Why ? The UK is in just as deep a trench economically as ROI ? The January deficit figures are the worst since the 1930’s .

    ‘Instead of spending so much energy working against the UK,’

    Eh ? The UK is still our biggest trading partner . And on most issues the UK and Ireland are in agreement .

    ‘ they should realise that the people of these islands have a long and shared history.’

    They do . It’s the unshared part of the common history that rankles although that’s more a reflection of views of past British Government s and monarchs than those of the present day or in more recent history . Any serious rancor probably only remains in that part of the island for which Britain still bears political and financial responsibility . There may be a lesson in there for the obtuse ;(

    ‘A large number of Irish people are living and working in England.’

    And also a large number of Indians , Polish people , Chinese , Caribbeans etc etc . So what . There is a large number of English people living and working in Ireland – Same applies -so what?


    ‘ Eire needs to become more mature when dealing with its closest neighbour in these tough economic times. ‘

    Really ? In what specific way pray tell ?

    Irish would even become an official language in the UK!

    It already is . Scots Gaelic and Irish are the same language and differ from each other as the Northumberland English differs from Wiltshire English .

    I would think the people of NI (both tribes ) have the biggest task as regards ‘political relations ‘ between these islands . But I suppose we’ll have to wait for them to ‘mature ‘ eh ;)?

  • If the Irish state was to dissolve itself, why should that necessarily mean joining the (debt-laden) UK? Been there, done that. Surely you could be a bit more creative – why not France, Germany, China, or even the US? Are there not other options?

  • Greenflag

    We might want to wait to see how that Icelandic referendum works out . If the Icelanders vote to hang , draw and quarter the ‘international financial community ‘of thieves and gangsters extraordinaire we might want to join them . You never know it could be a ‘winning ‘ trend . Might even spunk up some of our governments in the Anglophone world who to date have not only bent over backwards kissing the arses of the bankers but have decided to gouge the people in order to please their masters ?

    So who remembers voting for Goldman Sachs , Bank of America , Barclays or Anglo Irish in the last British/Irish /American elections ?

    From the efforts displayed so far by our politicos we might as well have 🙁