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  1. Sorry if this is off topic but I feel it's relevant, am curious to know what everyone thinks about a United Ireland? Living in Northern Ireland has become stale and I would argue that it should be reunited with the republic. Northern Ireland staying part of the UK is like staying with your partner who no longer loves you and no longer wants to have sex with you. But you hang around anyway because you're too afraid of what life will be like without them. The reason why Northern Ireland is financially non viable is precisely because we are part of the UK. It will never be prosperous or successful until it's rejoined with the Republic.
  2. Thresea's like your drunk aunt Margaret let lose after a Xmas dinner!! Bonkers!
  3. Let's hope this election brings out all those who didn't turn out at the EU referendum. With the Labour Party in a mess and the local council elections in the rest of the UK in May it's clear that the Torys have jumped on this opportunity with Labour weakened and will use local council elections as their early exit polls to see what areas they need to hit hard. In NI it's unsure how things will pan out, without a unionist pact the DUP will have to actually do some work in North and East Belfast to retain their seats and the UUP will need to work twice as hard in Fermanagh & South Tyrone to have a chance of retaining. South Belfast will be wide open for the SDLP, Alliance, DUP and SF.
  4. My main concern with Northern Ireland's future within the UK lies with the British Government and whether or not they want to fight the corner for us. If they're just going throw us aside and pretend that we don't exist without caring about the repercussions for that.. Then, i'm afraid for me personally, I have no interest in staying in the United Kingdom. But I will wait and see. Theresa keeps talking about her precious "United Kingdom" that she believes in.. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and see what she does in these negotiations. I suspect United Kingdom for her means England, Scotland, Wales, without Northern Ireland One of my friends in Dublin is a very senior Irish civil servant. He's been doing Anglo-Irish stuff on and off since the period just after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. He's at the level where he'd be in meeting James Brokenshire. He was saying to me a couple of nights ago that the only ones who care about the North is the government in Dublin. In his experience London is indifferent, they don't want the hassle of looking after us. But Dublin cares because if there's trouble in the North, the Republic's international reputation will drop like a stone and that's the end of foreign direct investment. Maybe not the best of reasons but it's the best reason I can think of for a United Ireland.
  5. British government realises Brexit is a mistake, official says Sure, didn't we know, at least some of us did. "An act of great self-harm!" What do you think? We'll end up with free movement, but no representation at Brussels. Why free movement? It's the way the world is moving, and we need the labour, otherwise our industries and services will die. Travel up to Derry or Belfast from Dublin, be treated in a hospital or a nursing home, be served up food or drink in a hotel and restaurant, and you'll see what I mean. And those British living and working abroad will not thank us for imperiling their futures outside the UK. Nor will Gibralter. Those who wanted to take "our country back" will very soon find that it was a vanity project, founded in false sentiment without intelligence and evidence. Add to that the virtual disinterest in the North about Brexit, and also for the UK, the amount of time and energy being expended on this project.
  6. I think she watched it at MoMA a few months ago but as soon as it was over she didn't stick around
  7. M posted then deleted Lola's pic from Instagram.Lola probably said...."Mum!!! Stop that!!!"
  8. the covers better be exceptional or else the bitching would never end
  9. Don't want to detract from brexit as a whole but potential direct rule for Northern Ireland has been a major topic of discussion from the point the assembly collapsed, it was discussed in the recent talks after the election and has been discussed in the new round of talks. A government still hasn't been formed. Section 32 of the Northern Ireland act (which implements the Good Friday/St Andrews agreements) says the Secretary of State has to propose a date for a new election if first and deputy first ministers aren't appointed within the timeframe set out in section 16A. That's 7 days after the first scheduled meeting of the assembly, which is in turn to be no more than 8 days after the election results are certified. Obviously, we're well past this now. Brokenshire is taking advantage of the fact that the legislation doesn't tell him when he has to propose the election, so he's trying to hold off to see if they can eke out an agreement with the Assembly in limbo, and then pretend a new election wasn't called for.
  10. Take a Bow was released by Maverick, Sire and Warner, Although I think Maverick is a subsidiary of Warner Bros
  11. Enough of Pharrell, please. He has some good sounds but it's really repetitive and gets stale after a while. Daft Punk is still waiting for that call though, imagine how epic it would be to have a all Daft Punk-produced Madonna album. It would be a Confessions 2.0 no doubt
  12. ICON is the official Madonna forum, you can access it from her website on
  13. Bitchy
  14. Thoughts and solidarity with the people killed in a Terror attack on the Metro Train in St Petersburg Russia ..I wish the injured a very speedy recovery.. Russian Lives matter ..I hope Belfast Council open a book of condolence in Solidarity with the people of Russia ...The Western world must stand with the Russia people in this time of terror and not engage in hypocrisy.. My Best wishes to the citizens of St Petersburg..
  15. There has been much talk of the issue of Brexit and the effect it will have on Gibraltar on the news and in the papers today... Gibraltar brings sadness to many Irish Anti Imperialists as three Irish people were murdered on the Rock of Gibraltar unarmed by a British right wing Imperialist death squad.. One Mairead Farrell is an icon to Feminist and Socialists local and International all three are icons to Anti Imperialist everywhere..Gibraltar does not belong to Britain it is part of Spain not Britain ...The British should hand the island of Gibraltar back to Spain and it should demilitarize all its military bases there and everywhere ...Britain out of Gibraltar.. Britain out of Northern Ireland ..Spain out of the Basque country ..Hand liberty back to all countries under Occupation... End Imperialism everywhere ...
  16. that artwrok is tragic, Aldo has done better
  17. "She said that if Britain leaves the EU’s single market, her business would lose crucial licencing rights and that an EU subsidiary would be set up in a country that is likely to remain in the EU, in order to be able to provide seamless coverage to customers." If I were a continental European I would want nothing to do with the UK anymore
  18. "We have to be very clear about what country we wish to become" - So says Lord Kerr of Kinlochard who drafted Art 50. What is that country you wish us to become? That's complicated for me as I'm deeply unhappy about what it will do to regions of the UK including Northern Ireland. It also affects how I feel about my national identity, complicated for me because of my all Ireland family. This whole badly handled business has tipped me and many others from the feeling of being British to feeling Irish and European. So, if I'm trying to answer Lord Kerr's question, I'm fearful not for myself but for my family and our current generation of young people who do not have insular thinking.
  19. Article 50 has been triggered by an Unelected PM from a govt none of us voted for, who foolishly started the process to force us out of the EU against our will with absolutely no regard for the people of Northern Ireland, the young, the poor, the disabled, the environment or EU citizens whom have built their lives here and contribute to our society. This won't be a Brexit for the British people, this will be a Brexit for the Conservative party and their donors. Get organised. Viva la revolution
  20. What does this mean for us, citizens who voted for change and resolution. The blame game will start, propaganda will proliferate, spin will be rife, budgets will not be set, people in the voluntary sector will lose their jobs and we'll be unrepresented during Brexit talks. Above all, we down from the Hill, demand and expect honesty, not lies from our politicians. We don't want another election, we don't want direct rule: we demand representation at a standard expected by citizens of other devolved governments! It's just not good enough!
  21. Martin McGuinness - a personal memory Recalling this morning a meeting in his office at Stormont Castle in the summer of 2009. I can only speak personally about that, and not about his past in the IRA. At the time a number of us in the LGBT Sector requested a meeting with the then Joint Ministers. It was Martin McGuinness who readily agreed to meet us. It was a good meeting with a special advisor from the First Minister, then Peter Robinson, attending to take notes. I was struck by Martin's personal warmth and also his quick grasp of facts, information and opinions. As the subject matter was somewhat sensitive involving homophobic remarks made by the First Minister's wife, I was struck by his careful and respectful engagement with us that day. As we were leaving, he shook hands with each of us and when my turn came, he said, "Brendan, it was good meeting you" accompanied by a scratch to the head and a chuckle as he recalled my real name. Incidently, I had my first encounter with that special advisor who then went on to become an MLA, and because of a conversation on the stairs of Stormont Castle, we have been friends ever since. I'm sad this morning at his passing. I know and do appreciate the feelings of those affected by his earlier years, but I must recall how I found him, and that was as a warm and charismatic politician whose leadership in these peaceful times will have left a strong and lasting impression.
  22. Alliance Leader Naomi Long has described as "surreal" the Prime Minister's plans to visit Northern Ireland but not get involved in ongoing talks designed to restore powersharing. Theresa May will visit Northern Ireland ahead of the triggering of Article 50, which will start the formal process of removing the UK from the EU. However, Mrs Long said it is almost unbelievable she would do so during the current devolution crisis and seek to remain outside of the ongoing talks. "Brexit is without doubt the biggest political, economic and social challenge to face Europe and the UK in a generation. It has also divided the UK deeply in terms not only of support for Brexit, but also the challenges it presents in each region. "The Prime Minister ought therefore to seek to discuss the matter with the devolved regions and be sensitive in seeking to represent their concerns, however, this whistle stop tour, far from demonstrating a willingness to engage and listen, seems to typify the lack of sensitivity to the particular challenges facing Northern Ireland, not least by the collapse of devolution. "It is quite surreal to think Theresa May would visit Northern Ireland at a time when the very future of powersharing hangs in the balance, yet not feel compelled to actively participate in the current talks process. It suggests a Prime Minister who is either oblivious to the perilous state of devolution or simply doesn't care. "At what is a critical time in the negotiations and in the Brexit process, I think it is important the Prime Minister considers carefully the message such non-engagement will send to the people of Northern Ireland regarding the importance of devolution and Northern Ireland's interests to her Government. Otherwise, what is intended to reassure people of her interest could spectacularly backfire."
  23. Love her!!!!! I might well understand how she feels about Theresa May's hard Brexit. After all it looks as if it will have profound negative repercussions on both sides of a border the significance of which has diminished over the years. But the conversations, need to be calmer and less aggressive, on all sides. Neither side has the monopoly on the use of language which alienates those with a different vision. Talk of "holding your nose" and "crocodiles" do the opposite of providing conditions whereby each can sit around a table and work towards getting this place functioning. "This place", now means all parts of this island, though immediate attention should be focused on avoiding Direct Rule. I do anticipate that as a result of the Assembly election, the case is now stronger for a border poll. However, the EU Referendum should teach us to prepare the electorate better by providing them with verifiable economic information and visions as what a united Ireland would look like, from both Republican and Loyalist perspectives.
  24. N.Ireland - between a rock and a hard place? Peter Hain, the last Secretary of State under Direct Rule said again last night very firmly and clearly that we need to avoid Direct Rule, and yet Arlene Foster's body language and poor eye contact showing lack of confidence as contrasted by Michelle O'Neill's confidence in asking for a border poll as if that was a priority, demonstrates how far apart these two major parties really are. Then, the unwanted complications caused by Nichola Sturgeon asking for a fresh border poll in Scotland has further added confusion to our future in the UK. Tricky, would you say? There's a lot riding on Arlene's leadership to get the Assembly and government up and running. She'd need to soften a lot, but can she keep her party together? One thing you can be sure of is that Sinn Fein will be strategising, and taking advantage of the DUP's weaknesses and divisions. That's not a criticism of Sinn Fein: after all, what party doesn't seek to gain advantage?