Belfast And Finchley


This morning.

House of Commons

Belfast and Finchley “cannot be seen” as identical places constitutionally, the Exiting the European Union Committee heard today from Mr Ahern, a co-architect of the Good Friday Agreement.

“The argument that [parts of] Northern Ireland are precisely the same as Finchley is incorrect, it’s constitutionally incorrect as per the Good Friday Agreement and I think people need to understand that,” he said.

Former Taoiseach says Belfast and Finchley ‘not the same’ (Irish World)


36 thoughts on “Belfast And Finchley

  1. Eoin

    British MP: “What are Irish people’s view of Ireland “rejoining the UK”?

    Bertie Ahern: “I’ll just be kind and say ‘not very well’”

    Sock it to them Bertie, describe a noun with an adverb!

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Our view is, indeed, not very well. It’s positively poorly.
      His oratory skills are superb.

      1. Cú Chulainn

        While I dislike him on a personal level (gives me the creeps) it’s good they can get to hear this from the horses mouth. The lucky horse that came in at 7/1.!!

  2. Ron

    Meanwhile in the Daily Banana Republic Gazette ..

    Former political filthbag Bertie Ahern who was named by the Mahon Tribunal found that he did not “truthfully account for” payments of £165,000 made to accounts connected to him.

    Irish people expected to listen to this incompetent liar. Part of the great rehabilitation of the disgraced former Taoiseach

    The thick Irish Paddy voter laps it all up because, well they are a thick Irish Paddy.

    How much more stupid can the Irish electorate go? Seems we haven’t hit rock bottom yet.

    Ireland, the laughing stock of the world

        1. Ron

          who cares who invited him.. why is this liar even being reported on in Irish media. all you thick Irish Paddys salivating over Bertie Ahern. Have ye all no self respect?

          He should be ashamed of himself for what he did.. instead he is paraded around as some authority on matters that should be listened to and all you clowns entertain it

          1. Rob_G

            The post is based on an article from a UK-based newspaper about the goings-on in a committee which is also in the UK.


      1. Mel

        True but he’s invited on to discussion panels here in Ireland all the time. Both Newstalk and RTE have him on regularly.

    1. Kolmo

      Take your bovril Ron and go and sit by the sunny window, Mildred will be over shortly with a biscuit and you can reminisce about a world war you weren’t even remotely involved in…

      1. Ron

        I’m sure that sounded more funny and clever in your head… it’s like you have a full 6 pack but your missing the plastic bit that holds them all together.

        Try harder next time clown

        1. Papi

          I’d love a lemon bun and I haven’t acted at all like Ron. That crazy, maverick, shootin from the hip and, waiiiit a minute….he’s that Terry McMahon chap!!!

          You do you, Ron/Terry, it’s our little secret.

        2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Are they iced finger buns? They’re my favourite, though I’ve never made them as I have never used yeast. Which is surprising as I’m full of it DOWN THERE.
          Heh. Joking. God, I’m disgusting.

          1. Papi

            My brother did a study trip to a hospital in Texas and was told a yeast story that would literally stop your heart.

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Did it involve being able to remove it by the spoonful? I’ve heard of that.

  3. Ron

    Meanwhile in the Daily Banana Republic Gazette..

    Restoration work on Leinster House is going to cost more than the estimated €15m, but the responsible minister does not yet have a final figure.

  4. ollie

    The State paid €15.8m in rent and service costs for the new headquarters for the Department of Health from December 2016, but the building remained unoccupied up to April 2018, according to the latest report of the State’s financial watchdog.

    Nice one Harris you incompetent a***ole

  5. Spaghetti Hoop

    Always wondered why Bertie hasn’t been more vocal in defending the GFA amid this Brexitshambles, given that he was a co-architect of it. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing when you read his eloquent contributions at the Magill Summer School, 2018;

    ‘Drawing laughter from the crowd, the former Fianna Fáil leader also said: “As good Irish people we’re always there to help and support the British in their hour of need.’

    Ahern said it’s unlikely that the UK would have a rerun of the Brexit referendum given their reaction to Ireland rerunning the Lisbon treaty referendum.

    “They slagged us so much in Britain for doing that, so it’s unlikely they’ll do that,” he said.

  6. SOQ

    Belfast is a twilight zone is some respects. They all look the same, talk the same, dress the same and yet, a big invisible divide is driven by fear. It is changing, but IMO way too slowly.

    Then you take it down a level by walking into a pub in the city centre and the craic is good, trad music maybe, and you discover it is a pub ran by people who identify as British. Nothing wrong with that but a bit WTF?

    Down another level and you see that people build their own communities based on professions or interests. Social workers all know each other, young hungry business , LGBT+, and so on. But it has its problems which emerge coming up to the 12th where some have the time and money to display the right wing nationalism of flags, especially in the south of the city.

    Finchley has high % of Jewish people and they were never a problem in Belfast, even during the worst excess. So yes, Bertie is stating the obvious. If Belfast was like Finchley, London, there would not have been a problem in the first place.

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