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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week October 16, 2016

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Pretty sure we’ve had this sentiment as the winner before (from a many time winner), but takes the biscuit this week too

The private sector has no political party to protect its interests. My hunch is that this huge hole in national politics will be filled in the near future.

Otherwise, a boring and slow week.

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1. damonmatthewwise - October 16, 2016

Obviously a Don Auld Tramp supporter?

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EWI - October 16, 2016

Donald does seem the man, if he doesn’t win in November, to come over here, get naturalised and lead the thrusting, large-handed, rugger-playing Irish business class to the promised land.

n.b. does anyone else think that Michael O’Leary has rather thin and small hands, incidentally? I suspect that he waves them about so aggressively at cameras to make them look rather bigger than they actually are, poor, insipid little things.

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damonmatthewwise - November 7, 2016

If Don wins, US will be classed as a rogue state and shunned by all.

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2. damonmatthewwise - October 16, 2016

And on things getting Trumped here’s the SNL debate 2 sketch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sYGjoUcusM

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3. fergal - October 16, 2016

The you know what doesn’t do bullshit but if it did.. Mr Harris please!
How come the ex- senator(how did he get that gig- meritocracy?) doesn’t explain what IADT stands for- would it have something to do with public monies- Eoghan does nixers for the public sector- say it ain’t true…
Maybe next week Harris can explain who paid for the roads Greg drives on, who paid for his schooling, who pays for any hospitalisation, who paid for his apprenticeship etc etc

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sonofstan - October 16, 2016

I must admit I felt a twinge of sympathy for the good senator there; I’m guessing he’s on an hourly rate with IADT and that can be a hard station. Very few of the overstated perks of public sector employment to be had as an AL.

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fergal - October 16, 2016

True enough stan- but you know as well as I do- that Harris wouldn’t be short of a few bob and would probably want all ALs to be paid an hourly rate and have no security of tenure etc

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sonofstan - October 16, 2016

I wonder if he is? Not short of a few bob I mean. I’m not sure I’d drive from West Cork to DL and back for a few hours undergrad teaching for the love of it.

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EWI - October 16, 2016

for the love of it.

Does the bould Harris come into a pension after a few years of this? Anyone with a connection to IADT or the other former RTC’s know?

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gendjinn - October 16, 2016

Ahh, shure doesn’t it get him out of the pub one day a week?

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Peter James - October 20, 2016

Maybe he walks up from Monkstown?

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4. Seán Ó Murchadha - October 16, 2016

Declan Lynch’s article today about his hatred of the Irish Language. It follows on from the Paul Williams’ recent rant on Newstalk.
As a friend has said, it’s says a lot about the colonisation process here that someone can boast about hating a language that has been part of Irish society for over a thousand years.

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EWI - October 16, 2016

Declan Lynch’s article today about his hatred of the Irish Language. It follows on from the Paul Williams’ recent rant on Newstalk.

Missed both, and my life is surely eternally-poorer for it. Any new arguments developed as to why it shouldn’t be brought, classic Blueshirt-style, out in the Wicklow Mountains, shot, and and the body left for the crows? /s

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ar scáth a chéile - October 16, 2016

“The blind frenzy that can still be provoked by the defiant refusal of a conquered language to lie down and die exposes the destructive passions smouldering behind the facade of metropolitan rationally” JJ Lee Ireland 1912-1985

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5. Starkadder - October 16, 2016

“As a friend has said, it’s says a lot about the colonisation process here that someone can boast about hating a language that has been part of Irish society for over a thousand years.

Declan Lynch hates Latin? The scoundrel! 😉

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EWI - October 16, 2016

Curiously enough, a lot of the anti-Irish language types I’ve encountered are just nuts for Latin or Ancient Greek.

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sonofstan - October 16, 2016

I can think of one extraordinary sounding man who combined a deep love for the two: George Thomson / Seoirse MacThomais the missing link between the blaskets and the Frankfurt school (boo, hiss). An Englishman, later a friend of Auden and successor as professor of classics in Birmingham to ER Dodds, a Presbyterian from Antrim who was send down from Oxford in1916 for supporting the rising. (Dodds is another fascinating character)

Anyway, Thomson learned fluent irish in 6 weeks in the company of Muiris O Suilleabhain and taught Greek at UCG through the medium for a number of years. He encouraged O Suilleabhain to write Fiche Blian ag fas and arranged it’s publication, I think. A lifelong Marxist, he befriended the near destitute Alfred Sohn-Rethel, himself a friend of Adorno, when the former fled to England in 1933. He encouraged S-R to write his Intellectual and Manual Labour, and was influenced by it in his own materialist critique of Ancient Greek culture.

Sorry for the lack of fadas. The iPad is to blame.

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sonofstan - October 16, 2016

‘Its publication’ – the iPad again

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Michael Carley - October 16, 2016

Dodds was a friend of MacNeice, I think.

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sonofstan - October 16, 2016

He was. And his executor, I think.

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Michael Carley - October 17, 2016

Upon looking him, I discover he got him his job teaching Classics in Birmingham. Seems to have been an interesting character.

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EWI - October 16, 2016

Thanks! And as for:

Sorry for the lack of fadas. The iPad is to blame.

Hold down the vowel in question for a moment and the pop-up allows you to choose the diacritical mark.

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sonofstan - October 16, 2016

You’re right and all. Thanks!

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Michael Carley - October 16, 2016

And on a Fairphone also. Thank you for relieving me of the stigma of appearing illiterate in multiple languages.

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Bartholomew - October 17, 2016

There’s a hilarious short sketch of Thomson in Tim Hilton’s ‘One more kilometre and we’re in the showers’. If I can find the book, I’ll post it.

ER Dodds had gone to school in Dublin, in St Andrew’s where he was a classmate of John Beaumont, another Presbyterian nationalist.

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Starkadder - October 16, 2016

Lynch’s article is flawed, and seems to be aimed more at annoying the Irish-language movement than having a serious discussion about the language.

Having said that, we’ve have a Compulsory Irish policy since the 1920s, and it hasn’t achieved the aim of increasing the amount of Irish usage in everyday life. A look at our education policy with regards to Irish language teaching is badly needed.

(For the record: I’m not that good an Irish speaker. In fact the last time I had a full conversion in Irish was last April, when me and my cousin were helping her daughter with her Irish homework).

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6. CMK - October 16, 2016

Harris is dead right: there should be a political party to represent the private sector. It could even have a snappy name, something like, off the top of my head, ‘RENUA’, guaranteed to sweep the boards at the next election. 100% certainty that they’d return at least 20 TDs. Moreover, if they had someone like Lucinda Creighton up front they’d, arguably, do even better! Don’t know why it hasn’t been tried before!

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WorldbyStorm - October 16, 2016

+1

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