lease of life and is it beyond the bones of possibility the future british prime minister or perhaps even english prime minister might be folding up the they could and asking for some subjects to be raised in the european council so they'll not be able to raise them so i think crazy is position in the transition period. is that the european council would be continuing on and britain would still be in the european union fully and they won't have any say whatever to the go satan table i mean this has to be the worst time and if you're playing cards you definitely give up so i don't think i'd be in the long terabyte include pee in the shower tear and the british will need our land and all doors to be helpful it'll say you know what i believe and i will go with your cards face up it's a bad hand. down.
welcome back to dublin i'm speaking to the long. island apart from. the man who presided over the celtic tiger economy. one of the economic implications. for i am a. political career over the period. so when laboring to this but so close. to the. through the the celtic tiger the start of the the financial side of growing to a substantial. you see the gables the possible phylum from. in london. we are gaining already i mean and dublin we're not going to take out huge financial houses some see the move. into dublin happened before it is happening is more and more of the financial companies and the insurance companies
aviation are opening up dublin offices are expanding their dublin office and that's good for us we've probably moved from position where about one percent of our population would have been non irish now to our work force about fifteen percent. and would be new irish whichever term you like to use is made a huge difference and i think if bracks it happens the will be again in that area right across the food sector which issues for else to drink sector. and many deals are small or small or medium size industry c s m e casualty and they will suffer. if there is any kind of tired of sift or any kind of obstacle if you go back twenty years ago only a target of the trade that took place anywhere else in europe between dublin belfast was happening we don't we don't have targeted right we've grown that now that the two great cities on this island are working together expanding to get our
developing together it's not a small figure at billion a week and two way trade between between did the island the vironment and. main the end intendant it's a lot of money and before like i know bardas likes to tell us about all the new trade deals but you know it was a modest jobs and an artist on the side of the foreign secretary come over here recently was talking about the you know all the new new deals he's going to get should remember usually when you have a business you hold on to watch a have and then go out and you tend not to troll weigh what you have and then go somewhere else and even in the commonwealth club face and there's not that many of them that are that bakes to provide trade but most of them of agreements already with the so i don't think that there is this. trade deals that the war that turned out there and if you and i were negotiating trade deals and you are in india and i was the e.u.
trade minister you know he cannot give the terms and that to you you can get i mean do you are a far bigger marcus look at your political career over the period. despite less to shoot to be. del wolf in terms of bricks. the island and the island to. develop them been transformed as a serious european player i would you assess that period little bit the range of your time in politics we have over doubled our size of our economy in the last twenty years and employment when i was minister for labor negotiate with the trade unions. we did a million people working. and we had almost twenty percent unemployment today we have two and a quarter million people work and we have about five pipe something percent on the bottom and we were down we will go down again i think tree and
a half or four again so we're in a strong position there are ups and downs at that alex you know a lot of the industries are multinational and a lot of our exports are pharmaceutical and i t. . the food which is more indigenous so there's challenges all the time but you know it's a strong conflict today it said you know that the last thing we need as you know problems with our with our neighbors we had that for hundreds of years so we want to try and find solutions to problems and get on with it and we can do with the issue but you know we are developing all the time we're strengthening all the time and we just have to keep doing that i'm working hard because as a small island ted said there's not a never easy going to happen in the interest of celtic so that if. you get the quick. scale of course has to be. none of this other stuff is for you
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their long struggle with the ulster unionists for supremacy is the voice of northern irish unionism even more significantly the election is that combined with the loss of the twenty majority in the house of commons thought the d.p. propelled into position of the site of influence and a hung parliament he who holds the balance holds the power but with power comes responsibility and there are signs that this position is causing difficulties within the party talks the sinn fein who preached deadlock and the party and i seem uncomfortable with the compromises required to restart that evolution process and no matter how many times we're told that the norse and british northern ireland british. the brits are supporting d.d.p. now finds its antipathy towards should a partly conflicting with us wish to maintain an open border with irish republic the party find it by the late reverend in paisley in the one nine hundred seventy has reached its zenith of power and influence but ironically that very success now
if you place in all of its achievements breath from say the state will be in dublin college grade the house of commons this week a scene of deadlock and the thoughts of violent and over all the both governments are still in favor of the belfast agreement for the first time in twenty years voices across the political spectrum from brought to tears say the good friday agreement has outlived its usefulness and then the house of commons chamber of a number of voices less of them says he asked dick about the resumption of devolution in northern ireland. i think the people of northern ireland will be disappointed in the secretary of state. and of course they'd like the executive back but what they want more than anything is a budget agreement on ways that reform of the health service and education that we're all agreed before and walked out why is the sixty of states still dillydallying and waiting and waiting and waiting what does she think is going to be achieved in the next month you mr speaker in the last thirty forty hours
a couple of members of this house of the british amy p have attacked because trading agreement has been saying it has failed an unsustainable will she join the times to our lives to keep prime minister in condemning such language as irresponsible for the good friday agreement to go to the peace for almost twenty years in a with a nod could the foreign secretary have given other political assurances the her majesty's government will not do anything that undermines the agreement including pursuing any policy that not only undermines the agreement or in any way undermines the principles that led up to the creation of that good friday agreement ok mr speaker as the house will recognize this april marks the twentieth anniversary of historic belfast agreement that agreement along with its successes has been fundamental in helping northern ireland move forward from its violent past to a brighter and more secure future. and this government's support for the agreements
remains steadfast as does our commitment to govern for everyone in northern ireland i'm to the secretary of state. we of course machine which stand ready to form the executive today tomorrow on the basis of no preconditions on the basis will be agreed to programme for government which back in december of zero four should feel and walked out of the shadow precondition political drama that they want to see implemented before they get back into the executive so the fact additional rejected a fish not the fault of the deep dish not the fault of all of the other smaller parties either extreme left make up very pretty clear but on the option. now is the time for the secretary of state to to do right by the people of north i've just come from a midi of a group of charlie sheen who want somebody to love a minister to argue with mental health northern there will be no ministers for thirteen months not continue. to set
a budget that the efforts continue yes we want to see evolution but it is a dereliction of duty to continue with our departure what are your ministerial decisions it's time to get on with it with the slightest bit of a drain and a timeline for the imposition of the records that sit in this place to ensure that the people of northern ireland are not contained to the lead of the nose by shouldn't be in the party who don't have the interests of the heart pretty sequin destruction of the state of northern ireland an attempt to secure and on workable that is never never never going to help them experience them before strength echoing an old war cry from. over it was ian paisley who led. the government. in contrast to interview jim shannon pretty uncompromising i think there are three options on the table one of those getting her possible birthday and
that's the fact that we could probably get by the northern assembly it works well there's nothing done the kid that's going to help at this moment and the second one is as direct rule which will be a clear direct role from from here from melbourne and the third one i think which is a possible it is a half way house where they were just pay the register their office they were just there to ask and a neighbor become a consultative body to oversee government departments and the real. and save for the bike to to the ministers on a friday at westminster where they say the papers that's probably we're looking. this is the second week of our challenged you are an island in the wise words or form a t. shirt bertie ahearn resonate like the ghost of christmas past for treason is government this hugely expedient statesman confirms that the good friday agreement is at sea just risk from the westminster government's reckless approach to brics it
he also visit a city when dining state will have to go cap in hand to dublin to see its interest protected in europe i start traversal in the relationship between the two islands of britain ministerial statements prime ministerial meetings come and go but as yet no breakthrough is in sight next week we returned with the voice of former actor on the violin to me to mark elise a woman born in the north to became president of the republic she will certainly be worth listening to so we hope to see you there so meanwhile from all of the team here at the alex salmond show it's good bye friend i. am. still in the tail
of the dear little bottle sorry i shouted six oir get your order her all wrong or go earlier. estimates eighty percent under-age refugees are now living in greece the if you know store bought. or two durable goods in the year of food drink. many sell their bodies just to make ends meet that's. the way the most of the in the second know all the signs of. all of this is. to make. this. the. game of the.
os security interest that's russian security interest ok not just a thought we want a stable syria and we want a stable lebanon and you can't just send in planes every week to bomb the country and disrupt the political process in this way it's unacceptable. there is now three hundred trillion dollars of a lable wealth in the world today when i look at how much money we spend in the world the military. we just talk about a few more billion up. save the lives of people around the world in doing it such a way that doesn't create you didn't see it with that much wealth in the united states that much well. the rest of the world is inexcusable for any person in the world today to go to the.
tensions rise up the u.n. security council meeting as members try to hum or ride to solution to the conflict in syria is. called by. decades of environmental a picturesque portuguese island in the atlantic believe locals figuring for their well as they continue to suffer increased things they blame the us or a force for the contamination. thank you i'm thirty four years old and i lived my whole life in trying to be doing it right by the entrance of the american banks both of my parents died of cancer when i was thirty three i was diagnosed with breast cancer. and heated debate on germany's migration policy
merkel storm out of parliament just as a member of the. party launches another attack on the child so that's all coming up this hour. four pm inside apollo eight pm in stockholm and ten at night right here in moscow this thursday february the twenty second welcome to our to international our top story the u.n. security council are currently meeting to address the situation in the terrorist held eastern region in syria it's a session which was called by moscow here is russia's ambassador to the u.n. speaking. there is a must have so it could he says in the mainstream media which is spreading same room as day after day she doesn't help them to study the situations that's who who
. was there only hospitals and least in which the tsunami employed some against. parties kill up and has been following developments of the session joins me live hi there kevin bring us up to date on why the session was called and what's been said so far today while russia called the meeting to discuss the situation in this suburb of damascus now eastern ghouta it's near damascus and this is a city that's basically a stronghold or an enclave of rebels and terrorists and it's fighting against the syrian government the syrian government is now struggling to retake the city with the support of russia now at this point now there are reports coming out that say hundreds of civilians have been killed and there have been all kinds of very extreme allegations against the syrian government and against russia now we heard the russian ambassador to the united nations that we heard in response to some of what's been said this to magic targeting of civilians if the law
is twenty two years old with a wife who is five months pregnant allow says we are waiting our turn to die so that is again the health care and personnel and medical is constantly goes with war crimes that they are ordinary people under attack by have barbaric assad regime the regime wants to keep bombing and gassing these four hundred thousand people and the assad regime is counting on russia to make sure the security council is unable to stop their suffering. now we heard the russian ambassador then respond to that very heated rhetoric that you just heard now he pointed out in his remarks that the dire humanitarian situation in the city should be addressed and that there it is important that civilians in the area be cared for and that this this this situation is not desirable but he reported argued basically that it's a more complex situation than a lot of the rhetoric that's being heard and furthermore he pointed out that the suburb is actually controlled by terrorists and these terrorist groups which are
fighting alongside these so-called moderate rebels now that these terrorist groups are essentially using these civilians as human shields now the russian ambassador went on to talk about what he referred to as basically a double standard when we recently saw the cities of mosul and in iraq in the cities of iraq and syria being retaken by the u.s. led coalition and those cities being bombed the rhetoric in the international media was quite different you didn't hear about the civilians being killed and you didn't hear about atrocities being committed you didn't hear about people suffering in the same way this is what he remarked about the double standard in international media when it comes to the fight against terrorism. by the way the u.s. led coalition leveled syria's rucka this is in the recent post should be forgotten so we focused when it happened was not for some reason the little observed.
now let's actually just review briefly what did happen when the u.s. led coalition forces did retake the city of raka let's take a look at what happened in that city. it was still a thirty hour and we were forced to leave our homes because i said when we return we found everything we could use to rubble look at all the devastation lot rock is going to see. by the minute we're living in the midst of destruction we feel completely abandoned everything around has been destroyed. the city lies in rubble that have to be to remove the debris with all money there's no running water so we have to buy in. the us coalition cause the destruction of
records and has a responsibility to rebuild the city we need to help with restoring the water supply in clearing the rubble. i found a man on the streets near my house my friend and i tried to detonate it from a distance but it didn't go off we thought the mind didn't work and walked towards it exploded my friend was killed i survived you saw me. now everyone in the security council chamber seemed to agree that the civilians in eastern guta were a top concern and that humanitarian concerns about civilians there was completely legitimate however a country strongly disagreed about who was to blame and and what kind of rhetoric should be used and it seemed pretty clear that certain countries blamed russia and the syrian government for the situation while in other countries us say that it's a much more complex situation and that terrorist groups are on the ground and that
the fight against terrorism is ongoing so there's clear disagreements between countries though everyone is ultimately quite concerned about the plight of the civilians caught up in the conflict callan thanks very much for the live from new york artie's column open there senior correspondent for up goes the of who has been covering the war in syria to look out who exactly is in control in eastern good. east ghouta is not a nice place to live in surrounded as it is under. constant war zone within and without. islam the army of islam holds most of east ghouta as the name may imply
these guys crusading for democracy and when they aren't busy killing each other they share power with nuestra while qaeda in syria and a number of smaller groups. these are ruthless people they cage civilians literally put woman and the elderly in metal cages and hoisted them onto roofs where they left them a literal human shield made of civilians to protect themselves their fighters from strikes these same people jihad ists who say they're fighting to free the country from asaad then turn their guns on protesters when they day complain about the jihad ists themselves.
this infamous incident being one of them a crowd of demonstrators fired upon by rebel fighters john kerry himself once called the rebels holding east ghouta a subgroup of isis and al qaeda remember what the u.s. . led coalition deeds to isis in mosul. one of the janitors of yeah. they leveled an entire city thousands of civilians dead yet they say there was no choice the terrorists were sponsible by using human shields
a sad fact of war for some reason this time around they seem to be avoiding any mention of who it is that controls east ghouta all but the same job when these limits blindly shelled damascus every day and slaughter more and more civilians well that's war when the syrian army responds suddenly it's an atrocity remarkable isn't it how the rules change entirely depending on who's calling the shots. well to discuss the latest in syria i'm happy to say that we're joined live on the program by michele hoffman a senior advisor at doctors without borders you're very welcome to the program what is the current situation in eastern cooter. it is your goods or are we really talking about what we see in the hospitals that. we support.