Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Support For A United Ireland Increases

A new poll by Lord Ashcroft Polls has revealed 44 percent of Northern Irish residents would vote in favour of quitting the UK and joining the Republic if a referendum was held tomorrow.
Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would vote to stay in the UK while seven percent said they did not know how they would vote.
Pollsters, who interviewed 1,666 Northern Irish adults between May 24 and 28, revealed even those who opposed a united Ireland believed a referendum would eventually be held.
Lord Ashcroft Polls said in the full report: “More than half of DUP voters said there should never be a referendum but fewer than one in five of them thought there never would be.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Four Parties Issue Joint Statement On EU

Northern Ireland should remain in the single market and customs union after Brexit, four political parties have said.
Sinn Féin, the Green Party, Alliance and the SDLP have issued a joint statement.
They said there should be no hard border on the island of Ireland or between Ireland and the UK.
"This is critical to protecting investment, jobs, trade and the hard-won peace," the statement said.
It was signed by the leaders of the four parties: Michelle O'Neill, Steven Agnew, Naomi Long and Colum Eastwood.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Support for staying in the EU increases in the north

A new survey suggests that people in Northern Ireland want to stay within the European Union's single market and customs union. 
Researchers at Queens University Belfast carried out the project.
It provides in-depth analysis into public attitudes within Northern Ireland towards the UK's exit from the EU.
The project surveyed more than 1,000 people and was funded by 'The UK in a Changing Europe'.

John Garry, a professor at Queens University, said: "We find Catholics and Protestants most prefer the option that would avoid the need for any new barriers on borders. 
"Either in the Irish Sea or across Ireland."
Further information showed that if a "hard exit" was to occur, where the UK would leave the customs union and the single market, Catholics would be far more likely to support the idea of a united Ireland. 
More than 50% of Catholics surveyed said they would vote for a united Ireland in the case of a "hard" Brexit and 28% of Catholics surveyed said they would vote for a united Ireland if the UK reversed its decision and remained part of the EU. 
Brendan O'Leary, a visiting professor at Queens University and a key researcher for the survey, highlighted the change in attitudes within Northern Ireland towards Brexit since the 2016 referendum. 
He said: "Our results show that if there was another referendum, people in Northern Ireland would vote more strongly to remain in the EU. 
"The proportion wanting to remain has risen since the 2016 referendum as more people have become aware of the possible costs and inconveniences of leaving the EU, as citizens and as employees or employers."
The survey suggests that 69% of people in Northern Ireland would now vote to remain in the EU, a 13% increase on the 56% who voted to remain in 2016.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

RTE's Top Ten Earners

Ryan Tubridy - 495,000 euros (£443,000) Ray D'Arcy - 400,000 euros (£358,000) Joe Duffy - 389,988 euros (£349,000) Miriam O'Callaghan - 299,000 euros (£267,000) Marian Finucane - 295,000 euros (£264,000) Sean O'Rourke - 290,113 euros (£259,000) Claire Byrne - 201,500 euros (£180,000) Nicky Byrne - 200,583 euros (£179,000) Bryan Dobson - 195,913 euros (£175,000) Darragh Maloney - 188,803 euros (£169,000)