Minister complains about UK (NI) produce taking a slice out of southern revenues

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Priceless journalism from the Irish Daily Mirror airing a complaint about Labour Party Minister of State at the Department of Justice by his ‘opposite number’ “Minister” Niall Ó Donghaille after Aodhán Ó Ríordáin complained about Irish labelled products from Northern Ireland benefitting London revenues rather than Dublin.

Are you serious, redux? Apparently so. [Partitionists! – Ed] Yes, it seems that one Belfast Lord Mayor looks very much like another Northern Irish Minister, at least to some southern eyes…

  • Zig70

    While we have a sham fight in the north, this is where the real battle is. The one that was repeatedly lost by the republican movement in the troubles.

  • IRF

    O Riordain should have consulted his colleagues in government before speaking out:
    “As the spirits [Irish whiskey] are produced on an all-island basis, the Irish government consulted with the UK’s HMRC on the details and timing of the verification system.”

  • “…but two of which were made in Tyrone and Monaghan.” Not sure if the Mirror knows Monaghan is in the Republic, or perhaps that is too far north out of Dublin to be important.

  • Nevin

    and from the BelTel:

    The [Irish Equality and Culture Minister Aodhan O Riordain] Dublin Bay North TD commented: “I have a big issue with branding in Tesco.

    “Only one of these ‘Irish’ products benefits our economy.” The Labour politician later withdrew the tweet, but not before Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Mr Flanagan posted a response.

    The Sinn Fein MLA tweeted: “I myself have a ‘big issue’ with a Labour minister complaining that Tyrone isn’t as Irish as Monaghan.” ..

    Mr Sherlock replied that he hadn’t tried the products, but added: “Am sure there’s little between a Tyrone chicken and a Monaghan one.”

  • Catcher in the Rye

    This should be a warning to those nationalists who regard joint authority as some kind of serious alternative to devolution. The Irish government will see us as a drain on their economy, not as an integral part of it.

  • Mister_Joe

    Nothing to stop a Monaghan farmer labelling his product “Ulster made”.

  • Ernekid

    I do find the partitionist attitudes of this Labour minister quite revealing

  • Nevin

    Here’s another ‘partitionist’ story you may have missed, Mick:

    Minister Humphreys kick starts nationwide conversation on Ireland’s first ever national cultural policy

    Submissions will be accepted until September 30th 2015

    Regional meetings:

    Regional consultation meetings will be held in Cork, Galway, Kilkenny and Cavan in September. A one day symposium will also be held in Dublin Castle in early October to close the consultation process.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Well apparently Niall Ó Donghaille and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin are church rectors these days, and John O’Dowd is a Belfast City Councillor.

  • Kevin Breslin

    The facts are wrong, cross border trade organically nullifies any economic loss, and all farmers on this island buys into the common food standards for practical reasons. Even unionist farmers must ask why they should be deprived of an all-Ireland food standard they pay into.

    Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is not on top of his brief, and doesn’t appear to be in touch with farming communities within his own constituency.

  • Kevin Breslin

    The Southern Irish consumer buys food from us, if that’s a drain on the economy there then it’s self made.