toxic avenger said:I never knew this was the case. Britain owns and subsidises all Irish lighthouses, and pays several thousand pounds in tax to the Revenue Commissioners. Apparently some British Lord has been getting uppity about the situation, demanding it stops. But why is it so?
http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexami ... qqqx=1.asp
toxic avenger said:Interesting that it still is so, maybe it's something I ought to have known. Are the lighthouses thus British territory, in the manner of the Embassy, or is it Irish territory?NotDevsSon said:
cactus flower said:No. I want us to own our light houses and our security forces and I don't want my old ma-in-law in Wexford to have to pay ground rent to some fecker in the UK who has never been there.
We need a Unilateral declaration of Self-Illumination.
The article says they are owned by the British, reasonable question to ask. I hope all FGers aren't as rude as you. Really no need.clontarfblue said:toxic avenger said:Interesting that it still is so, maybe it's something I ought to have known. Are the lighthouses thus British territory, in the manner of the Embassy, or is it Irish territory?NotDevsSon said:
Ah now, you not that thick are ya. Using that theory, is Landsdowne Road British terrority because it is owned by an All-island organisation? NO
Although the RNLI is a voluntary charitable organisation. It isn't controlled or run by the State, and receives all its money from donations and legacies. So it is quite different to the situation with the lighthouses which are State owned. The RNLI isn't only all Ireland, it is all these isles. Everything to do with the RNLI here goes through the head office over in Poole.NotDevsSon said:
Strange then that the headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights is in Harbour Road, Dun Laoghaire.Podolski said:The CIL is based in London and is a British state controlled body.
The 'Light Dues' collected in Ireland are not sufficient to meet the full cost of the service. However, as Ireland lies in the path of the major transatlantic shipping lanes, vessels not calling to Irish ports still benefit from the service.
For this reason all light dues collected in Britain and Ireland are pooled into a central fund called the General Lighthouse Fund (GLF) which is administered by the Dept of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).
eh ? the CIL is based in Dun Laoghaire in Co. Dublin and is the office for all of the island of ireland, there is no mention of any London officePodolski said:The CIL is based in London and is a British state controlled body. The RNLI is also based in the UK but it is a registered charity.
Good man - first commonsense post on this thread - Jeesh is there anything that comes within an asses roar of having the word "Britain,Royal or British" anywhere near it that some folks here wont see the opportunity to have a good auld "patriotic" song and dance over it.clontarfblue said:toxic avenger said:I never knew this was the case. Britain owns and subsidises all Irish lighthouses, and pays several thousand pounds in tax to the Revenue Commissioners. Apparently some British Lord has been getting uppity about the situation, demanding it stops. But why is it so?
http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexami ... qqqx=1.asp
This is a stupid thread. They are owned and managed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, and all-Ireland Organisation. The reason they are partly paid for the the Westminster Government is because the vast majority of shipping passing through our waters is headed for a British Port. Dues are collected at all ports, in Britain and Ireland, and passed on to the CIL.
how so, owned, financed and run by the british employing british people , part of their sea defences,JCSkinner said:They're Irish territory obviously.toxic avenger said:Interesting that it still is so, maybe it's something I ought to have known. Are the lighthouses thus British territory, in the manner of the Embassy, or is it Irish territory?NotDevsSon said:
FFS we don't even have a hydrography office in this country.markeys said:Truly absurd situation.
We should of course own those lighthouses and a resolution should be found as soon as possible.
You forgot the Royal Showband and their imperialist hit 'Do The Hucklebuck'.....Podolski said:The CIL is based in London and is a British state controlled body. The RNLI is also based in the UK but it is a registered charity.
There are of course a lot of other uses of the term "Royal" here. These ones are just a few of those in the South.
Royal Dublin Society (RDS)
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal St. George Yacht Club (Dún Laoighaire)
Royal Irish Academy
Royal Irish Academy of Music
Royal Dublin Golf Club
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Royal Hospital Donnybrook
Killarney Royal Hotel
Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland
Theatre Royal Waterford
Royal Theatre Castlebar
Royal Hotel, Bray
Royal Garden, Kildare
Royal Society of Antiquaries in Ireland
Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital, Dublin
Thats interesting. I grew up by the sea, so was aware of the fact that Britain paid for out light houses and why, but never bother to look into it.morryah said:Per the CIl website:
"With the advent of Irish independence, it became necessary for the new State to legitimise its functions. Though provided for in the 1922 Constitution of the Irish Free State, it was not until 1935 that things were finally regularised when adaptations necessary to enable the Commissioners of Irish Lights to be fully operative in the Irish Free State were made by an Order of the Executive Council, entitled: Irish Lights Commissioners Adaptation Order, 1935. Subject to these adaptations, the relevant provisions of the Act of 1786 remain in force to date. In a very real sense, the governance of the Commissioners of Irish Lights remains a remarkable testimony to the far sightedness and legislative ability of an Irish Parliament sitting in Dublin in 1786."
what does that mean? !?
The article says that "THE British Crown still owns and subsidises Irish lighthouses"
I can understand the subsidise part - they have more boats and pay more duties and had/have a vested interest in maintaining the lighthouse they built.
But have we agreed that the British still physically owe the lighthouses? Or is the article incorrect and they are owned by an All Ireland body that is jointly owned?
Thought it was interesting a few weeks back when a coast guard helicopter from Sligo (I think) winched the men off the lifeboat that ran aground off the coast of Antrim. The BBC NI report went into great detail about the drama of the day, then tacked on a line at the end (like muttering under its breath) saying that a helicopter from the republic also aided in the rescue - as if they were an minor inconvience, merely responsible for nothing more than bringing the tea and the sandwiches! So it cuts both ways - even the begrudgery.Thac0man said:. It is a non issue, as is our dependance on the RAF to aid ships in distress far off our western coastline. I have never seen anyone taking issue with the RAF military aircraft flying over our territory to engage in such operations.
Do the swans know that the Queen owns them I wonder? :lol:seabhcan said:Who owns Ireland's swans?
In the UK, the Queen owns the swans personally. Did we nationalise them in 1921? Does the President own them?
Its important, I tell you!