"The first this we did as a Government was to try to give leadership. Probably the first decision we made was to put a cap on any salary that was being paid in the public sector."
"Nobody was being paid at that stage more than €200,000 which was the Taoiseach's salary at the time," the Wexford TD said.
"I'm afraid I have reduced it further since. Nobody, even those leading our biggest State companies, was to be paid more than €250,000 which was the ceiling we felt was reasonable."
"I think it (the IFA general-secretary) is an extraordinary salary. Obviously the IFA is a private organisation but it has ordinary hard-working people who contribute to it."
"We all looked to it with some degree of astonishment given that level of pay."
Mr Coveney urged the IFA to be immediately transparent with all salaries and move into "a healing phase" to restore farmer trust in the beleaguered organisation.
"I think people are shocked (by the salary). I know I was. It is not for me to say if it was acceptable or not but I certainly think it was inappropriate."
"If you are asking me my personal view as a farmer and as a minister, I think most other farmers will share that view."
"In terms of the retirement package that was then put in place, people were in disbelief as to the extent and scale of it."
"I think farmers are furious with what has been unfolding over recent days. I think there is a huge job to be done within the IFA now to rebuild trust with its members."
"This is a really powerful organisation for farmers and for rural Ireland. It represents 90,000 farmers but also farm families."
"The strength of the IFA for the last 60 years has been from grassroots leadership up as opposed to leadership down."
"What needs to happen in the IFA, and it is not for me to tell them how to do their business, they need to first of all be totally transparent in terms of how money in spent within the IFA."
"(Economist) Con Lucey, who is doing a report for them now on remuneration and expenditure generally, that report will be finished by December 15, I expect it will be credible because Con is a very credible guy."
"I think the organisation needs to act on that quickly, fix what is broken because there is a lot broken in the IFA at the moment, and there needs to be healing process. There will be new leadership in the IFA one way or another."
"This is a big organisation that needs to find a way to reach out to its members, to rebuild trust and to respond to the anger which I think is totally understandable."
"This organisation represents both big and small farmers, farmers with very low incomes and very high incomes. It prides itself on representing all types of farmers in all parts of the country."
The Cork TD said the IFA has to stick to its traditional core values and goals.
"The motto of the IFA has been 'unity, strength, delivery'. The unity element of that is broken and without unity they cannot be a strong voice for Irish farmers."