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I see our ministers are tackling the important issues again, this time it's Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy. Why do we allow these people to waste our money on divisive pet projects that will never work? It's like the shinner that was in before him, he wanted signs in the north to have Irish/Ulster Scots translations on them.

Idiots the lot of them.

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Yeah it is definitely a great use of our resources and public money.I guess there are no signs there at the minute. So I don't see the benefit. I also don't see the problem with them either. I would rather shit like this did not become the main issue of the day when there are people living in poverty ffs.

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Are we going to start a new political party for normal people then or what?

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The Hudson Party (No affiliation with the commercial Hudson bar of course).

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NI politics is begging out for a normal person's party.

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I've always wanted to run for office so I'm game.

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I was thinking a lot about this about a month or so ago. Drunken ramblings to mates was about as far as it got.

"Be the cause of our future, not a symptom of your past"

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"Just getting on with it"

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Are the rules of the road different north an south of the border?

The signs may be useful for tourist driving around to alert them they are operating under a different set of laws.

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There are already signs indicating the change from kph/mph. These signs are going to be stuck on top of them.

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What about on here, do most people vote or not? I have never voted in my life. Except once when I voted for someone whose name escapes me.

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I vote for Anna Lo cause she seems reasonably sensible.

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I voting 12 years ago when I was 18. Attempted a postal vote in the last election because I couldn't be arsed going down to Newry to x all the republican ex-prisoners that I have a choice of from the vote. Oh and Danny Kennedy. They said no to postal so didn't bother. Have changed my vote registration to here now so will vote next time.

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I meant to say someone on fame academy whose name escapes me.

Reasonably sensible. Sounds like a criteria for picking a dog rather than someone to run the country.

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should just get on with it, typical NI politics though

The programme of work is ongoing and five out of a total of eight signs have been placed at an approximate total cost of £950." - not for wasting money but its not that big a deal even if it isnt welcomed by local citizens

I'm pretty sure that both tourist boards and government representatives for tourism etc were discussing a new incentive to push both parts of the Island as one tourist destination recently. Most tourists view us as one so this would make sense and hopefully bring in more revenue both north and south

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x2 for Anna Lo

Shawty got lo, lo, lo, lo ,lo lo ,lo lo

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£950??

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Yeah you're right, Gherkin. She just seemed the closest to normal, or rather her race singled her out as someone unlikely to engage in the petty "us and them" politics here.

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She does seem to be fairly normal from what I have seen of her. Which makes her pretty much top of the leader board.

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"Welcome to Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom. If you have issues with, there is a lay by in 200 yards were you can turn around and head back where you came from, you twisted bigotted fuck!"

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Did someone just get their medal? that's the kind of outburst that could only be brought on by God Save The Queen playing in the background.

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I'd erect "Welcome to England" signs just piss this backwards fucker off!

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I'm waiting for Morrissey's view before commentating on this fucking outrage.

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Going about this the wrong way.

Needs a demilitarised zone, a mine field and a lot of barbed wire. Keep southern heathens out of God Fearing Ulster (otherwise known as GFS) - (not including the damned counties of Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan).

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Welcome to Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom. If you have issues with, there is a lay by in 200 yards were you can turn around and head back where you came from, you twisted bigotted fuck!"

Who are you talking to?

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Maybe I'm jaded but I fail to see what is to get bothered about here, it's not like it isn't a legitimate international border with the visa complications that ensue from that (for people not from Europe).

Anyone travelling the Cavan Road/A3 is going to be mightily confused though.

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That Cavan road fucked with my sat nav the other week going to farnham estate, your in and out of the north 2 or three times in one stretch. The poor satnav lady didn't know what was happening, telling me to do u turns all over the place. The border is stupid, I was stroked £2.71 yesterday to send a letter a few miles down the road. I imagine it would be significantly cheaper to send it to the isle of wight

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Was out in Omagh over the weekend and couldn't get a UK signal for shit and had to turn all connections off. Must be a nightmare for people living close to the border.

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apparently the north coast is the worst for it, the signal travels across the sea from donegal easier than it would over land further south due to buildings and what not

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My "hopes" (if you can vaguely call them that) for a United Ireland boil down to two issues:

  • Roaming mobile phone charges
  • Amazon free delivery being better for a UK address

I'm not what you'd call a traditionalist.

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Hi thesnapper

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lol at Phil Flanagan btw. What a fucking tube.

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heyyyy ;)

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Stop using bullet points! You know we can't compete with bullet points!

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Roaming charges were my main sore point when i lived in Dublin

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My hopes are to get de brits out of ireland.

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Three and Vodafone have made the situation a bit better - Three Like Home and Vodafone Passport basically allow you to use your bundled minutes abroad - but it's still an annoying situation, you can suddenly switch to O2 UK while roaming and use up $$$ of data.

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hardly a massive waste of money and resources is it. there are signs welcoming you to belfast, lisburn and every other town you come into. i reckon a sign for when you're entering the north is a good shout. not that i give a fuck either way. but it'd be more useful than a sign that tells me i'm entering belfast, for which there is no real reason to know either way.

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WELCOME TO NORTHERN IRELAND
(Closes 2am)

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thats awful matthew, your windows phone must not have the option to disable data when roaming.

luckily with an android phone this is easy to implement

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It is a waste of money when they're gonna come straight back down again. Just another eejit minister acting as if he's only there to represent his own interests.

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Folks house is about a mile from the border in Derry / Donegal and the roaming thing is a fucking nightmare.

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"thats awful matthew, your windows phone must not have the option to disable data when roaming."

It does. But "Three Like Home" allows you to roam on Three networks in other countries and use your bundled data and texts/minutes. Therefore, when my Three Ireland phone is on Three UK and using data, it costs me nothing, however I have to turn off that "no data roaming" switch to use it (because it's still technically roaming) and if then I forget and the phone has to switch to O2 UK to maintain the 3G connection, it'll continue data roaming. Same thing happens with all phones, I wish the networks would identify their networks as roaming only when that is financially true (as opposed to technically), but it's such a niche request I doubt they'll ever do it.

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mmurraytoday @ 1:13 p.m.
I vote for Anna Lo cause she seems reasonably sensible.

What a nasty piece of work she is.

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i wopnder if you can do something like that with a tasker app matthew. must look into that

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Do you know something MTB?

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welcome to NI...boris bikes anyone>

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...

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Dublin Bikes has been incredibly successful and is getting a big expansion starting this year, can't see why it wouldn't work in Belfast too.

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Always wanted to give those wee bikes a bash. Is it chep?

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There'll be a job for somebody dredging the Lagan for bikes when hallions chuck them in on the way home from an evening of WKD.

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rubick they said the same about Dublin, ain't happened. Wayne, you pay 10 euro per year, then nothing more if you don't cycle for more than half an hour at a time (which covers most journeys really).

I think the reason they don't get nicked or trashed a lot is the constant maintenance and monitoring, along with the fact that the locks are incredibly strong.

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