His father and his grandfather before him raised cattle on the land - part of a beef-rearing tradition that stretches back generations. It means much more to men like Liam than euros, cents and EU subsidies. It is a way of life, now under threat. McDonald's continues to make huge profits from selling Irish-sourced beef, and one in five of the burgers sold in the EU comes from this country. The supermarket chains that now dominate the beef market are also highly profitable. The meat processors are among the ranks of the super-wealthy. According to the Sunday Independent rich list for 2019, the biggest player, Larry Goodman and his family, has accumulated a fortune estimated at €850m - up nearly 4pc since 2018, although this may also reflect non-meat related business interests. But it's no bull market for beef farmers - and they are sizzling with rage. They feel that they are not getting a proper slice of the beef profits for their labour. The processors, for their part, argue that … [Read more...] about ‘The beef farmer is getting walloped’
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Alexander Pelling-Bruce 15 August 2019 7:00 AM 15 August 2019 7:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Boris Johnson thrives on risk. His political life so far has consisted of a succession of gambles that have paid off: leaving the Commons to be Tory mayoral candidate in a Labour-voting city; choosing Leave in the referendum against the odds and the establishment; resigning as foreign secretary; and then becoming Prime Minister when many thought he was a busted flush. These decisions are the marks of a man from whom we ought to expect the unexpected. And there is good reason for him to now make the ultimate bet and call a snap election. It’s now widely assumed that Jeremy Corbyn will table a motion of no confidence soon after Parliament returns from summer. As I wrote on Coffee House this week, the anti no-dealers’ best strategy is to use such a vote, in combination with legislation, to force the PM to seek an extension to … [Read more...] about Why October 10th is Boris Johnson’s best bet for a snap election
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 is now officially underway and there are more than 1000 comedy shows for you to choose from. The Fringe remains the world's biggest celebration of the performing arts and you can book tickets for all the acts at https://www.edfringe.com/ To make things much easier below a host of the very best comedy talent explain why you should see them and, if you like their style of gags, who else you might enjoy too... JOHN ROBBINS Describe your show or its theme? It's about shame. I started by writing down my six most embarrassing memories and it went from there. It's also about how infuriating I find myself, awkwardness and also a fair bit about dehumidifiers. Why should people come see the show? Well I think the more honest you are, the more subjective the story you tell, the more people can see themselves in it. I'd like to think people might feel a little bit less alone when they see me screaming at myself, more comfortable with their own failings, and … [Read more...] about Edinburgh Fringe’s best comedians tell you who to see and why
Small beer, perhaps, but another toast to Mickey's gifts, he being either very good or extraordinarily lucky - or a conflation of both. When he won an intermediate title in 2006 with Drumalee, a small club on the outskirts of Cavan town, you might have said the wind was blowing his way. The year before they had reached the final, but the title still needed to be won, and they managed it after a replay. That season, 13 years ago, he was still playing with Cavan Gaels at 31 alongside a 22-year-old Seanie Johnston. They were seeking four in a row when they lost to Mullahoran in the county final. Handling two clubs was hard going and with the added complication that Drumalee had won promotion to Division 1 the season before he arrived, so they would be coming into direct conflict with the Gaels. But he took his new interest to the county final against Ballinagh, who were fancied and who hit a levelling score two minutes into injury time. The next day Drumalee won 1-5 to 0-4, only … [Read more...] about Mickey Graham: A man of the people on a miracle mission
Steerpike 4 June 2019 10:27 AM 4 June 2019 10:27 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Manners maketh man. If you are going to be a prince, moreover, politesse really should be paramount. Monarchy is, if nothing else, all about ancient codes of conduct: honour, chivalry, formality, and bloody well smiling at people you don’t necessarily like. That seems a bit much for Prince Harry, who, if reports and photos are to be believed, gave the President of the United States a very chilly reception at Buckingham Palace yesterday. He seems to have avoided Mr and Mrs Trump. He stood at the other end of the room and looked peeky. Of course, such speculation could be a nothing-burger cooked-up by the controversy-addicted tabloids. The press and the social media masses are desperate for a spat between Meghan and Donald Trump. But it seems fair to say that Prince Harry didn’t go out of his way to greet the President and his family. The … [Read more...] about Who is more rude: President Trump or Prince Harry?