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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 28, 2016

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.

A former senator displays a rather unique understanding of the Belfast Agreement

Leo Varadkar is saying he shares the Taoiseach’s vision of a united Ireland at some point in the future.
Naturally, he adds that unity could only come about by consent and not a crude majoritarian count. But it would be better if he had said nothing about a united Ireland at all, for two reasons.

First, the British government gives Northern Ireland a subsidy of €13bn-14bn a year. A united Ireland could cost every working household Republic roughly €14,000 a year.

Second, even talking about a united Ireland is breaking the spirit, if not the letter, of the Good Friday Agreement.


This piece is worth a read for the lesson it provides in how to write a column for the Sindo – 70k is introduced as referring to people earning that much, then for the column is treated as households worth 70k. Not of course the same thing at all. But sure when did the Sindo ever let accuracy get in the way of a right-wing rant?


1. EWI - August 28, 2016

I’m pretty sure that both the letter and the spirit of the GFA, all that talk about parity of esteem etc., means that the good ex-Senator doesn’t get to tell people to shut up when it comes to aspiring to a free and united Ireland.

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2. Pasionario - August 28, 2016

I found myself reading some of the good ex-RTE producer’s old columns (God help me!) and came across this pearl from last month. It’s really the last sentence that counts but you need to read the preceding pars for context:

“The presence of prominent Israeli critics like Robert Fisk, Lara Marlowe and Dr Ray Murphy, with no balancing voices, made it a political programme, and one loaded against Israel.

The after-image left by the programme was that the Irish Army and the Israeli Army were at long-time loggerheads. But Charlie Flanagan, recently returned from the Golan, could have confirmed that the Irish Army and the IDF enjoy good soldierly relations.

It seemed to me that Moondance, an independent company, was allowed to run off the reservation. RTE EDITORS SHOULD HAVE ENSURED BETTER BALANCE.”

He’s know ALL about that.



Pasionario - August 28, 2016

He’d know*


Jim Monaghan - August 29, 2016

I cannot find teh stats. but my memory is that the majority of Irish army personnel killed were by Israeli proxies in the region. At least 2 former army officers I know say this. Neither would be leftist inclined by any means. “Another Israeli invasion in 1982 forced the PLO out of southern Lebanon, and occupied the area. The following eighteen years until 2000 saw prolonged guerrilla warfare between Israeli forces, their allies in the South Lebanon Army and Hezbollah. UNIFIL was caught in the middle of this conflict. The Irish battalion’s role consisted of manning checkpoints and observations posts and mounting patrols. A total of 47 soldiers were killed . In addition to peacekeeping, the Irish provided humanitarian aid to the local population – for example aiding the orphanage at Tibnin. From 25 April 1995 to 9 May 1996, Brigadier General P. Redmond served as Deputy Force Commander of UNIFIL during a period that coincided with the Israeli Operation Grapes of Wrath offensive in 1996.”


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