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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:37 pm 
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The SDLP are rejecting direct rule due to no confidence over Brexit. That gives them a potentially wide electorate. As well as stuffing the Brits SDLP leader has taken trouble to release a statement saying he wants no part of the 'McGuinness is ill everyone vote for us' dirty tactics.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:02 pm 
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Rumour swirling that RHI payments could potentially have been a legally dubious sweetener for Tyson foods/Moy Park to expand chicken farming. More as I hear it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:07 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:16 pm 
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Not exactly chicken feed. The sort of thing could run afowl of EU competition law, too.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:17 pm 
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Poultry sums


Like chicken feed?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:22 pm 
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I daren't say anything in case I end up egging this on

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:23 pm 
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The notion they'd get out of it cheep seems very unlikely.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:24 pm 
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You mean they were feathering their own nests?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:49 pm 
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Acting the cock.

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Hopefully someone will be up before the beak


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I wish this was ova.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:28 pm 
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Police tried to nick them for poaching but they scrambled.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:38 pm 
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Fucking horrible firm, anyway. Worked for them in my youth, for a summer/holiday job. I'm in no way surprised they're into any scam going. I moved onto a job that was literally putting shit into bags and considered it an upgrade. The chicken industry has turned it's producers into latter-day sharecroppers.

The gist of what I've heard is that between a third and a half of all RHI payment is destined for chicken and mushroom producers of considerable size. Not the farmers themselves, who are given all equipment and materials by the parent company and then given a price for the output. The initial reports of empty cattle sheds being heated year round to collect a ridiculous subsidy were bad enough, but this is blatant corruption.

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Michelle O'Neill, former health minister, is to replace Martin McGuinness as leader of Sinn Fein

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... rn-ireland

A profile of here here - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... mcguinness

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One of her first acts after the appointment last year was to abolish a longstanding ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood in the province. Her decision, after years of Democratic Unionist ministers blocking change, won the praise of the LGBT community in Northern Ireland.

Previously, as agriculture minister, O’Neill had a reputation for being hands-on. When parts of County Fermanagh were damaged by major floods last winter, O’Neill toured the area, visiting stricken farms and businesses in the border county.


She has no direct IRA connections (although her father was apparently involved), which makes for an interesting twist.

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She was a shoe-in. Young enough to be plausibly troubles free, from west of the Bann so plays well with rural voters and of the liberal shinner wing

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