Sunday 25 September 2016

They said it . . . election quotes

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

Labour's Alan Kelly. Photo: Damien Eagers
Labour's Alan Kelly. Photo: Damien Eagers

A selection of quotes from the campaign trail.

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"Power is a drug… it suits me."- Alan Kelly in a 'Sunday Independent' interview

"God knows, we have some All-Ireland champions here in Castlebar. I don't mean Castlebar Mitchells (GAA club), I mean the whingers that I hear every week saying there's nothing happening." - Enda Kenny

"Yes, but I'm conceding the point that an individual earning over €100,000 will pay no more than 7c in the euro for every euro earned." - Gerry Adams during an RTÉ Radio interview

"I'm not in the slightest confused. Perhaps our listeners might be." - Sean O'Rourke during that interview with Gerry Adams

"First of all, if I can just say this, as a little matter which always irks me, there aren't any ganglands. There is lazy journalism which uses the word 'gangland' as if these communities were lands that gangs inhabited." - Gerry Adams

"(Alan Kelly) is an incredibly obedient employee." - Joan Burton

"Of course, I'd like to be deputy leader; I'd love to be leader. But that's neither here or there, so would this man (Michael McGrath), so would 19 others in the parliamentary party," Barry Cowen, adding that Micheál Martin is now an "alternative Taoiseach"

"The dream of a grand coalition (Fianna Fáil/ Fine Gael) would actually be a nightmare. It is why it cannot happen." - Leo Varadkar

"Economic jargon, which that vast majority of people don't understand." - Enda Kenny on the term 'Fiscal Space'

"I'm not going to mention the F-word." - Joan Burton on 'Fiscal Space'

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