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The EU’s plan to set a goal of zero-emissions by 2050 could be a big deal for climate action by mvea in Futurology

[–]lughnasadh 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Maybe I'm crazy but that doesn't sound so promising

The EU has a good record of planning & then getting things done. The only other comparable global mega-bureaucracy I can think of, for equal effectiveness is China.

11 of its countries have already reached their planned 2020 energy/climate change goals.

Part of the EU's effectiveness - is that once the 27 countries hand over areas of pooled sovereignty to the EU, it takes the legislative/bureaucratic burden off the 27 country's individual national systems of legislatures & civil service bureaucracy.

Plus - they are often legally required to implement EU law.There are penalties if the plan is not implemented.

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We in the DUP should back a softer Brexit to save Union. by Buckeejit67 in ukpolitics

[–]lughnasadh 8 points9 points  (0 children)

are people who at heart feel Irish but, with an invisible border and decades of equal treatment in Northern Ireland, they have been content and don’t want the upheaval a change of jurisdiction would cause.

This is all about opinion polls edging closer to 50%+1 for Irish Unification. A hard border would undoubtedly consolidate support behind that issue in the 2020's.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Such as?

Who know's, we haven't got to the point of working it out.

The Peace process was a novel creative solution when it happened - i'm sure we can do the same again.

But i'm more than happy for a unitary Ireland, that has some honorary role for the British Royals where they can still turn up every year to cut ribbons at the Balmoral Show.

And if loads of PUL people want their kids there welcoming them waving little Union Jack flags, good for them too, I'm all for it.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh -1 points0 points  (0 children)

a Border Poll that involves voting away our Republic.

I'm not suggesting a British Monarch as Irish co-Head of State; there are plenty of ways that aren't that, where an official link to the British Monarchy can be maintained for people of PUL heritage.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

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Border Poll fail in the Republic.

People in ROI have moved on; if the day comes, there's a unitary Ireland, I think the overwhelming feeling will be to welcome people of PUL heritage with generosity & friendship. The past is water under the bridge.

Don't know if you've noticed but RTE is covering the Royal Wedding live today.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If/when there is a UI, the royal family will have no role in it whatsoever

For every orange Jolene Bunting/Sammy Wilson, I often think there's two green ones.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh 4 points5 points  (0 children)

but honestly one of the few breaking points I would have would be giving recognition to British colonialism in Ireland

I accept that is your opinion.

But if Unitary Ireland ever happens it will be mainstream ROI meeting NI's PUL people half way.

My guess is there is no ones bothered by things likes Harry & Meghan's Royal wedding, like they've got used to Gay Marriage.

All that Republican absolutism belongs in the past.

Any Unitary Ireland will have a place for British-Irishness.

Good luck to Harry & Meghan - I hope their big day day goes well.

"By late next year, bitcoin could be consuming more electricity than all the world’s solar panels currently produce ... That would effectively erase decades of progress on renewable energy." by SaamstraatII in Futurology

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Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh 13 points14 points  (0 children)

that is an 8 year old article

You're right; however the more recent 2015 version of the survey still has Irish educational achievement mostly bettering the UK's.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

which if we were to join the republic around the Brexit deadline I would probably be doing leaving cert at least

Both ROI & NI (for better or worse) have always maintained largely separate schools on Catholic/Protestant lines, I'm sure that would continue.

I'd assume the ability to do A Levels would continue too. I doubt a scenario would arise where there would be a unitary Irish government "forcing" a curriculum on people.

15% of the existing ROI population are from other EU countries, people are used to dealing with different educational qualifications.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I don't know the debate you're referencing, so I can't comment on it.

I do know the 2 main ROI Universities, considerably outrank NI's main one, Queens too.

The main public service ROI is usually seen as falling short, vis a vis NI, is health; as healthcare, although heavily subsidized, is not free at the point of use like the NHS.

Will Northern Ireland become a devolved state as part of a United Ireland? by aaronc249 in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ireland ranks better than the UK for education standards.

The problem I see with the idea of some continuation of NI in a unitary Ireland, is that if/when that comes, the majority of NI's population will be nationalist & won't be interested in it anymore - they'll just want to integrate with the rest of Ireland.

The only people who will still want some separateness to preserve their culture, are people of PUL heritage.

I think it would be far better to do that, by creating new institutions in a unitary Ireland - some constitutional link to the British monarch with an official role in Irish life perhaps, or a special elected state body to overlook constitutional guarantees to PUL British-Irish culture.

Nelson McCausland: A 'smart border' could be solution to Brexit ... if only EU, Dublin and Remoaners had brains to see it by themightykai in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I'm glad Simon Coveney wants to bring this to a head. Month after month of the Brexiters spouting pointless drivel, they've already been told clearly doesn't work, is getting really boring now.

Time to bring some reality into this, and move forward.

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How can you discover contact details for someone in Ireland, if all you have to go on is an unusual distinctive name? by lughnasadh in ireland

[–]lughnasadh[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The trouble is her surname is not so distinctive, that you'd want to go bothering everyone in Ireland that had it.

Its the combination of relatively rare first name & this surname - that makes the name so distinctive.

How can you discover contact details for someone in Ireland, if all you have to go on is an unusual distinctive name? by lughnasadh in ireland

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I'm going to message my aunts family about this - because it strikes me if you cuould narrow this down to a town/county level, the surname is relatively rare - you might only expect to find a handful of entries.

In that case you could use might be able to use a phone book, based on the surname.

Strangely - their doesn't seem to be an online source for the phone book with its ease of functionality - but I guess libraries still have paper copies.

Scotsman | Fear of Sinn Fein the root cause of Brexit power grab by IndiaOwl in Scotland

[–]lughnasadh 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The DUP would be unlikely to countenance any sort of power deals that give its age-old rival any influence over UK policy.

So apparently only the elected representatives of Unionists are allowed to have any influence in the country they live in.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson accuses Coveney of being 'belligerent, interfering and a Brit basher' after Brexit comments by lughnasadh in ukpolitics

[–]lughnasadh[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Let it sink in. That ladies & gentlemen, is the DUP's official Spokesperson on EU Affairs & Brexit.

Coveney accused of 'slapping Unionists in the face' after Brexit comments by lughnasadh in northernireland

[–]lughnasadh[S] 25 points26 points  (0 children)

"belligerent, interfering, Brit bashing foreign minister of the Irish Republic"

Words from the official DUP Spokesperson on EU Affairs & Brexit.

I'm laughing, but its one of those cringe laughs, where you're embarrassed for someone, like when a totally drunk person pisses themselves.