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    • Burrows Furniture and UnitedHealthcare TriTerm Medical Plans cater to different needsBurrows Furniture focuses on customer convenience and durability, while UnitedHealthcare TriTerm Medical Plans offer flexible, budget-friendly insurance coverage

      Burrows Furniture prioritizes customer needs with easy assembly, new color options, durable materials, and fast free shipping. Meanwhile, UnitedHealthcare TriTerm Medical Plans offer flexible, budget-friendly insurance coverage for those in between jobs or during open enrollment periods. Moving on to a different topic, the Shankle Butchers, a notorious gang from Belfast, left a lasting impact on their community with their brutal crimes. Jack Keilty, a victim of theirs, was a football player and goalkeeper, and his father's murderer, Delbert Watson, was a British soldier. Despite the hardships, Jack's father, Patrick, went on to make a debut on The Late Late Show, showcasing his resilience and sense of humor. In essence, Burrows Furniture and UnitedHealthcare TriTerm Medical Plans cater to different needs, while the Shankle Butchers' story serves as a reminder of the importance of resilience and justice.

    • The lasting impact of British Empire's tactics in Northern IrelandThe British Empire's tactics of glorifying actions and creating divisive narratives in Northern Ireland have left a deep and lasting impact, leading to widespread suffering and a sense of betrayal among the unionist community.

      The legacy of violence and unsolved crimes in Northern Ireland, which includes murders, systematic tortures, detention camps, and media control, continues to impact the community deeply. The British Empire's tactics of glorifying actions and creating divisive narratives have left a lasting impression, leading to widespread suffering and a sense of betrayal among the unionist community. Despite opposition, the British government's recent actions, such as the Legacy Act, may further fuel this sense of betrayal and alienation. The unionist community's loyalty to an entity that no longer values or understands them may lead to a sense of disillusionment and a desire for change.

    • The UK's past reliance on Irish cooperation and the Windsor framework during Brexit negotiationsThe UK's attempts to navigate political tensions with Northern Ireland and leave international courts like the European Court of Human Rights have deep historical roots and have been met with resistance and violence in the past.

      The current political tensions between Northern Ireland and the UK, as well as the UK's desire to leave international courts like the European Court of Human Rights, have deep historical roots. Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, reminded the UK government of their past reliance on Irish cooperation and the Windsor framework during the Brexit negotiations. However, the UK's attempts to navigate these issues have been met with resistance and violence in the past, as seen in the investigations led by John Stevens in the 1980s and 1990s. These investigations were met with hostility and even physical attacks, highlighting the deep-seated cultural and political divisions that continue to exist. Despite the UK's desire to distance itself from international courts, the complex history of Northern Ireland suggests that such a move may not be straightforward.

    • Collusion between state officials, loyalist paramilitaries, and British soldiers in Northern IrelandDespite over 40 convictions and sentences totaling almost a thousand years, the truth about systemic collusion and shoot-to-kill incidents during the Troubles in Northern Ireland barely scratches the surface. Families of victims have fought for justice for decades, but government cover-ups and destroyed evidence perpetuate the cycle of injustice.

      During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, there was a systemic collusion between state officials, loyalist paramilitaries, and British soldiers, resulting in numerous deaths, particularly of children. This collusion led to over 40 convictions and sentences totaling almost a thousand years, but the truth barely scratched the surface. For instance, the Glenan gang is believed to have killed at least 120 Catholics, with some estimates reaching 200. Families of the victims have fought for justice for decades, and recent events, such as the resignation of the current chief constable, highlight the ongoing nature of these issues. John Stalker, a police officer sent to investigate collusion and shoot-to-kill incidents, faced hostility and threats, and his investigation uncovered evidence of destroyed murder files and secret tapes. Despite recommendations for prosecutions, the British government covered up the evidence, further perpetuating the cycle of injustice. These events underscore the complexity and deep-rooted nature of the issues surrounding collusion and the need for thorough and transparent investigations.

    • Search for justice during the Troubles in Northern Ireland met with horror, misery, and denialDuring the Troubles in Northern Ireland, lack of accountability and transparency led to deep doubt and frustration for victims and their families, with some experiencing no justice or closure for decades

      During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the search for justice was often met with horror, misery, and denial from the state institutions. Survivors and families of victims were left in the dark about investigations and prosecutions, with files sealed for decades. Rubber bullets, banned in the rest of the UK, were used extensively in Northern Ireland, causing injuries and deaths. The lack of accountability and transparency led to deep doubt and frustration for those affected, with families feeling abandoned and ignored by the state. The first recorded death in the Troubles was Francie Paul Begg, a 70-year-old man beaten to death by the RUC in 1969, with no one ever being held accountable. The denial of justice and truth only added to the suffering and trauma experienced by many during this period.

    • Memories of injustice and the search for truth are passed down through generationsThe pain and trauma of historical events, such as the Troubles in Northern Ireland, are not easily forgotten and continue to be passed down through generations, inspiring the pursuit of justice and truth.

      The pain and trauma of historical events, such as the violence in Northern Ireland, are not easily forgotten and are often passed down through generations. Lucy, who fought for justice for a man beaten to death in a shop during the Troubles, acknowledges that as time goes on, memories may dim. However, she emphasizes that the sense of injustice and the search for truth will continue to be handed down. This was evident in the case of Joe Campbell's grandson, who never met his grandfather but was present at the inquest. The release of prisoners during the peace process was painful for victims, but it was part of a larger process with good intentions. However, Johnson's statement about drawing a line under the troubles was met with skepticism due to his past inconsistencies. Ultimately, it's important to deal with these issues honestly and with sensitivity to ensure that they do not perpetuate conflict.

    • Flexibility and accessibility in various aspects of lifeInsurance plans offer flexible coverage options, online weight loss services provide access to medical professionals, and furniture shopping offers convenience with modular designs and free shipping

      Flexibility and accessibility are essential in various aspects of life, including insurance coverage, weight loss solutions, and even furniture shopping. Flexibility in insurance plans, like those offered by UnitedHealthcare, allows individuals in different life situations to find budget-friendly coverage. PlushCare's online weight loss services offer flexibility with access to board-certified physicians and FDA-approved medications. Burrow Furniture's modular se-design and free shipping add to the convenience. However, it's important to remember that there are more serious issues, such as injustice and violence, that cannot be condoned. The story of Eugene Ravey and his family serves as a reminder of the importance of seeking justice and finding better ways to resolve conflicts.

    • The legacy of past violence and injustice in Northern IrelandThe need for honesty, respect, and justice in addressing the legacy of past violence and injustice in Northern Ireland is crucial for societal reconciliation and healing.

      The legacy of past violence and injustice in Northern Ireland continues to haunt and impact the lives of many families, leaving them unable to move on and seek true justice and peace. The British establishment's handling of these matters, including the suppression of investigations and lack of accountability, has only added to the suffering and trauma. The demand for honesty, respect, and justice in these cases goes beyond individual grief and extends to the need for societal reconciliation and healing. The importance of acknowledging and addressing this legacy cannot be overstated, and it is crucial that we continue to engage in open and honest discussions about these issues.

    • The power of home and travelAppreciate the memories of home while enjoying affordable, high-quality travel essentials from Quince and celebrate special moms with unique gifts from 1-800-Flowers.

      No matter where we go or how long we're away, the memories and feelings of home remain strong. This is beautifully captured in the poetic imagery of someone returning home, as if they had never left. Meanwhile, for your physical travels, Quince offers high-quality, ethically-sourced essentials for your next trip at affordable prices. With European linen, premium luggage, and Italian leather bags, Quince has got you covered for your jet-setting adventures. Plus, enjoy free shipping and 365-day returns at quince.com/trip. Another important reminder is to show appreciation for the special moms in our lives. This Mother's Day, 1-800-Flowers helps you celebrate with handmade bouquets, sweet treats, gourmet food, and unique gifts. For a limited time, save up to 40% on Mother's Day bestsellers at 1800flowers.com/acast. Don't miss out on this opportunity to express your love and gratitude.

    Recent Episodes from Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning

    Big hair, bowler hats & bonfires. Can Orangemen survive the modern world?

    Big hair, bowler hats & bonfires. Can Orangemen survive the modern world?

    As tricolours burned on the bonfires in the north before the Twelfth of July, the Irish far right stayed silent. What does that tell us about their allegiances?


    Why are there so many Israel flags flying in loyalist areas in the north? What does that tell us about their allegiances?


    On Free State, Dion and Joe look at what is next for unionism as their world shrinks. How much longer can they be defined by what they don’t like? And, after the GB News live coverage of the Twelfth, the boys wonder who is better at anchoring a show - Joe Brolly or Arlene Foster?


    This episode of Free State is sponsored by Manscaped. Visit https://www.manscaped.com/ and get 20% off and free shipping by using code freestate20


    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.


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    Crosshairs and Crossbars: Trump’s Close Call & Southgate’s England Misfire

    Crosshairs and Crossbars: Trump’s Close Call & Southgate’s England Misfire

    Across Ireland, people celebrated when Spain beat England in the Euros final. Even Dion was happy, but a few were appalled at the carry on. On Free State today, Joe and Dion wonder why people are still policing celebrations and examine England’s failings, cultural and sporting. The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has been called a crossroads for America. The reality is different. There may be no turning back for America. Joe and Dion discuss why Joe Biden can’t win the election. Those who say America face a terrible choice are doing the work of the dark forces who want to both sides the contest. The truth is that Trump is the latest victim of a force he has directed towards others and the latest example of how violence, when it’s unleashed, can’t be contained.


    This episode of Free State is sponsored by Manscaped. Visit https://www.manscaped.com/ and get 20% off and free shipping by using code freestate20


    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.


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    Never say never again part 2. What we talk about when we don’t talk about Joe Biden

    Never say never again part 2. What we talk about when we don’t talk about Joe Biden

    When Keir Starmer visited Northern Ireland, it was a moment when it was possible to believe that things will start moving again. Casement Park will be built, maybe in time for the Euros in 2028 and the childish stunts of the recent past might not be tolerated with Hilary Benn as Secretary of State. Joe talks about why it’s important to distinguish between a politician like Gregory Campbell and honourable unionists. Joe explains why the SDLP would run a candidate against Sinn Fein even if it meant the leader of the Ku Klux Klan won the seat. And Dion makes Joe an offer he can’t refuse- will he play a game of cricket if it means meeting one of his heroes?


    This episode of Free State is sponsored by Manscaped. Visit https://www.manscaped.com/ and get 20% off and free shipping by using code freestate20


    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.


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    Never say never again, part 1. The fall of the House of Paisley (and Harte)

    Never say never again, part 1. The fall of the House of Paisley (and Harte)

    In France, the far right have been rejected. In Britain, the Conservatives are gone. Keir Starmer visited the north this week and there is a new hope in Ireland that change is coming. But what about Derry? In Free State today, Joe and Dion look at the fall of the House of Paisley (and Mickey Harte). What do the election results tell us about Northern Ireland? And Joe explains why the election of one MP signals the end of the old destructive ways of doing politics.


    This episode of Free State is sponsored by Manscaped. Visit https://www.manscaped.com/ and get 20% off and free shipping by using code freestate20


    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.


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    And then there were four, part 2. The football factory - how science is replacing humans with robots.

    And then there were four, part 2. The football factory - how science is replacing humans with robots.

    Sport is too important to fall into the hands of cultural vandals. The death of Mícheal Ó Muircheartaigh was a reminder of the role sport plays in Irish life.

    Nothing elevates a community like sporting joy and community is central to all that is good in Irish life. On Free State, Joe and Dion look at how sport has been turned into a commodity. From Buenos Aires to Bellaghy, sport has had the joy removed. Who, apart from Mickey Harte, is to blame?


    This episode of Free State is sponsored by Manscaped. Visit https://www.manscaped.com/ and get 20% off and free shipping by using code freestate20


    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.


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    And then there were four, Part 1: The last days of the Dublin empire.

    And then there were four, Part 1: The last days of the Dublin empire.

    What is wrong with Gaelic football? Joe insisted that Dion watch the All Ireland quarter finals last weekend and will he ever forgive him? On Free State, Joe reflects on the decline and fall of Dublin and explains what they need to do next. Joe and Dion also remember Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Joe recalls his days training with him in Dublin. They also ask a critical question in these troubled times: when were white shoes first worn in Mayo?


    This episode of Free State is sponsored by Manscaped. Visit https://www.manscaped.com/ and get 20% off and free shipping by using code freestate20


    Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.


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    Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. Derry, from Death Row to Croke Park. Part 2

    Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. Derry, from Death Row to Croke Park. Part 2

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    This episode of Free State is sponsored by Manscaped. Visit https://www.manscaped.com/ and get 20% off and free shipping by using code freestate20


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    From death row to Croke Park. Derry, Mayo and milking the cows in Killala Part 1.

    From death row to Croke Park. Derry, Mayo and milking the cows in Killala Part 1.

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    The Irish Elections: How the elites persuade sheep to vote for wolves.

    The Irish Elections: How the elites persuade sheep to vote for wolves.

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    Jungle Book. The essential survival guide for Gaelic footballers. Featuring Brian Mullins and an All Star cast

    Jungle Book. The essential survival guide for Gaelic footballers. Featuring Brian Mullins and an All Star cast

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