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Bertie can stick his Free State handout, say Northern bloggers

Kim Bielenberg

Published 24/01/2007

It may not have been the subject of feverish discussion in the pubs and clubs of Ireland, but the riproaring National Development Plan is already giving rise to some lively cross-border banter.

On the internet, most of the discussion centred on the €1.2bn Bertie has promised in handouts for those "spongers" in Northern Ireland.

While many Northern bloggers expressed delight at getting their red hands on Free State lolly, others were not so grateful.

On the blog ' Tangled Web', one of our Northern brothers gave his considered judgment on Bertie's Billion.

"To paraphrase the great film 'Withnail and I', Bertie can stick it up his arse for nothing and f*** off while he's doing it. The €1.2bn will probably be dug up from that animal Haughey's grave - or courtesy of the EU (by which I mean ourselves, France and/or Germany)."

Not every cyberbabe on this side of the border is thrilled about sending the cash to those 'pesky' Northerners, either.

On the website ' Slugger O'Toole', there was feverish debate about the handout.

A gentleman going under the heretical name 'Manichaeism' suggested taxpayers from the six counties should be sending money the other way.

"Do you know the effect your 'troubles' had on the economy of the rest of this island? It's Northern Ireland that should be compensating the Republic with a billion," said a gentleman going under the heretical name 'Manichaeism'.

Like a gaggle of drunks propping up a bar at midnight, the internet blabbermouths began with lofty pronouncements about dreary economics, and then descended into arguments about which jurisdiction had the finer football team. John, of Belfast, put it sagely: "Before the Republic of Ireland team got an English manager, who was also an expert in genealogy, NI had already made it to three world cups - Sweden, Spain and Mexico.

"How many had the Republic made it to?"

And so the great debate went on.

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