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    Question me and possibly nationalists e.g. That Bearded Man Airmed
    on Sinn Féin, IRSP, Irish republicanism, Irish nationalism and methods, e.g. abstentionism.

    You can also question me on the current situation with the North and the fiasco in the Free State where they still haven't formed a bloody government after 5 weeks.
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    why has violence returned to Ulster recently ?

    http://www.lisburntoday.co.uk/news/l...dies-1-7284125
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    why has violence returned to Ulster recently ?http://www.lisburntoday.co.uk/news/l...dies-1-7284125
    Violence has never left the Six Counties.
    These incidents are fairly regular, a bomb or a shooting every few months, but it is far quieter than it used to be.

    Some republicans - and many loyalists - refuse to conform to the times. The current political framework has allowed for the pursuit of Irish republican goals through peaceful, democratic means.
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    What was/is your take on the Good Friday Agreement? Was securing peace the most important thing? Do you still harbour hope of a United Ireland?

    What do you make of the Northern Ireland assembly and its seeming failure to achieve much or agree on everything?

    What is your stance on abortion?
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    (Original post by DMcGovern)
    Violence has never left the Six Counties.
    These incidents are fairly regular, a bomb or a shooting every few months, but it is far quieter than it used to be.

    Some republicans - and many loyalists - refuse to conform to the times. The current political framework has allowed for the pursuit of Irish republican goals through peaceful, democratic means.
    How much damage did Freddie Scappaticci do to PIRA ?
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    (Original post by tengentoppa)
    What was/is your take on the Good Friday Agreement? Was securing peace the most important thing? Do you still harbour hope of a United Ireland?
    The Good Friday Agreement was a necessary agreement, although there was not much changed content from the Sunningdale or Anglo-Irish Agreements, and all 3 were opposed by unionists, the last 2 thrown out by them.

    What do you make of the Northern Ireland assembly and its seeming failure to achieve much or agree on everything?
    It's necessary for the time, and far better than direct rule or the oppressive former Stormont Government of NI. It doesn't disagree on everything, a lot of decent legislation has been passed like the "free prescription drugs" legislation, but every once in a while the DUP will throw a fit and leave for a while, before coming back.

    What is your stance on abortion?
    I personally have mixed views. I believe all life is precious and shouldn't be thrown away at a whim, but I believe in people's rights to do what they want with their bodies.
    So basically I believe abortion should only be allowed in cases where the mother or child are at risk to mental or physical injury or death if born, and in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
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    How much damage did Freddie Scappaticci do to PIRA ?
    Not a lot - I believe Martin McGartland did a larger amount of damage to their operations, and I sympathise with his beliefs, more so after reading his books - he just wanted the killing and beatings to end - the 'hard men' of the PIRA punishment gangs were of the lowest echelons in the Provisional movement, and not respected by many in the upper echelons, such as the ASUs, Brigades and so on.
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    (Original post by DMcGovern)
    Not a lot - I believe Martin McGartland did a larger amount of damage to their operations, and I sympathise with his beliefs, more so after reading his books - he just wanted the killing and beatings to end - the 'hard men' of the PIRA punishment gangs were of the lowest echelons in the Provisional movement, and not respected by many in the upper echelons, such as the ASUs, Brigades and so on.
    thank you for your intelligent answers to my questions.
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    thank you for your intelligent answers to my questions.
    No problem - nice to have some intelligent questions once in a while
    Usually it's just "why are you a terrorist sympathiser" and "do you think these babykillers were heroes" - I mean seriously, calm down
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    thank you for your intelligent answers to my questions.
    Coincidentally, have you voted in the TSR General Election?
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    (Original post by DMcGovern)
    Coincidentally, have you voted in the TSR General Election?
    i don't think i have been invited ? :dontknow:
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    i don't think i have been invited ? :dontknow:
    Ach you don't need to be invited, it's meant to be for all TSR users!

    Note that the parties are in no way related to the RL ones, so they should be voted for on the merit of their manifestos (i.e. vote socialist )

    Here:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4012053
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    (Original post by DMcGovern)
    It doesn't disagree on everything, a lot of decent legislation has been passed like the "free prescription drugs" legislation
    Why do you support free prescriptions when it essentially takes millions of pounds out of the health service to pay for prescriptions for people who can afford them anyway?

    I am assuming the figures, with the same exemptions, will have been similar to Scotland: before prescriptions were made free there, over half of people were exempt from charges in one way or another, and over 90% of prescriptions were dispensed with no charge.

    [And yes, I'm enjoying doing this entirely on boring bread-and-butter politics rather than constitutional issues!]
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    Why do you support free prescriptions when it essentially takes millions of pounds out of the health service to pay for prescriptions for people who can afford them anyway?

    I am assuming the figures, with the same exemptions, will have been similar to Scotland: before prescriptions were made free there, over half of people were exempt from charges in one way or another, and over 90% of prescriptions were dispensed with no charge.

    [And yes, I'm enjoying doing this entirely on boring bread-and-butter politics rather than constitutional issues!]
    I think it complements the idea of a free National Health Service well, although I'm not insisting that it be part of a nationalised service like the NHS in a large country like England.
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    (Original post by L i b)
    Why do you support free prescriptions when it essentially takes millions of pounds out of the health service to pay for prescriptions for people who can afford them anyway?

    I am assuming the figures, with the same exemptions, will have been similar to Scotland: before prescriptions were made free there, over half of people were exempt from charges in one way or another, and over 90% of prescriptions were dispensed with no charge.

    [And yes, I'm enjoying doing this entirely on boring bread-and-butter politics rather than constitutional issues!]
    Note that I never said I supported it, I meant that it was 'decent legislation' in that Stormont can actually get some significant legislation through without descending into "five year olds fighting in a sandpit".
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    DMcGovern would you like a chicken supper mr sands?
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    DMcGovern would you like a chicken supper mr sands?
    "No thanks a chara I'm on hunger strike until Mrs Thatcher decides to reverse her decision and restore our rights per political status. This is only happening because she wants to deny what is really going on in her 'country': a war."Really? Of all people adam... tut tut tut. That's the equivalent of that song "Would you like a cheeseburger Bobby Sands". You don't see us doing that about the loyalists. Nor do we have an equivalent of "The Famine Song".Did they have any hunger strikers?
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    (Original post by DMcGovern)
    "No thanks a chara I'm on hunger strike until Mrs Thatcher decides to reverse her decision and restore our rights per political status. This is only happening because she wants to deny what is really going on in her 'country': a war."Really? Of all people adam... tut tut tut. That's the equivalent of that song "Would you like a cheeseburger Bobby Sands". You don't see us doing that about the loyalists. Nor do we have an equivalent of "The Famine Song".Did they have any hunger strikers?
    All in good humour my friend.

    I did have to google it and found chicken supper, cheeseburger and sausage supper as different variants!
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    All in good humour my friend.

    I did have to google it and found chicken supper, cheeseburger and sausage supper as different variants!
    I know, you're really a closet nationalist

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    (Original post by DMcGovern)
    Question me and possibly nationalists e.g. That Bearded Man Airmed
    on Sinn Féin, IRSP, Irish republicanism, Irish nationalism and methods, e.g. abstentionism.
    What is the general consensus (if any) amongst Irish republicans on the European Union and the upcoming British referendum? Will republicans in Ulster participate in the election?
 
 
 
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