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Rory McIlroy – Should he swing to Ireland or Britain?

WORLD NUMBER ONE GOLFER Rory McIlroy – from Holywood in County Down – was quoted by the English Daily Mail as saying that he is “strongly leaning towards declaring for Team GB” rather than Ireland in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The 23-year-old said the day after his comments were published and caused a bit of a stir:

“I wish to clarify that I have absolutely not made a decision regarding my participation in the next Olympics.”

McIlroy was born Catholic but attended a non-denominational school and is described as “neither religious nor political”. A relative was killed by loyalists.

Poll Results:

Total votes: 1007

  • It’s his choice and I would follow him as an Irish player on a foreign team: 216 (21.4%)
  • I’d bear him no grudge but I couldn’t support him if he wasn't playing for Ireland: 551 (54.7%)
  • I don’t care: 240 (23.8%)

What did Stephen Nolan having BNP leader Nick Griffin on his live BBC TV show achieve?


THE appearance of Nick Griffin MEP, leader of the neo-fascist British National Party, at the Orange Order's Ulster Covenant Centenary events at Stormont on Saturday provoked criticism on Twitter.

Griffin responded on Twitter at the start of a diatribe over several days that led to complaints to the PSNI under race-hate laws:

“So Ulster pics have upset my republican stalkers. Tell you what, the bodhran can’t match the lambeg, you Fenian bastards.”

Stephen Nolan invited an unrepentant Griffin on the show to defend his comments.

Poll Results:

Total votes: 261

  • Gave the BNP a platform even if Griffin is an idiot: 81 (31%)
  • Helped expose Nick Griffin as an idiot: 93 (35.6%)
  • Both: 87 (33.3%)

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