Thursday 23 March 2017

"If we don't act soon, decisively and daringly, on securing sustainable solutions, we are not going to be able to escape blame the next time a migrant ship sinks, taking countless human lives and dreams with it."

"If we don't act soon, decisively and daringly, on securing sustainable solutions, we are not going to be able to escape blame the next time a migrant ship sinks, taking countless human lives and dreams with it."

Dominic McSorley, CEO Concern Worldwide.

"It was all over in a matter of 30 seconds. It was incredible how quickly it went down - it just shows how overcrowded the vessel was and how unseaworthy."

Commander Ken Minahan of the Irish Naval Service in Palermo after the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean.

"A new evil has arisen. Islam is heathen. Islam is satanic. Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell."

James McConnell, Antrim pastor, who appeared in court after these comments.

"There is a small minority who definitely will like what they see in Isis. They might find that they have a narrative for their case. That narrative has nothing to do with the teaching of Islam. I know Imams here who will talk about peace, but they do hold very extremist views and they will not share that with the media. All these Imams have to choose either the path of peace in totality or walk off with their twisted version of Islam."

Imam Ibrahim Noonan.

"Some people think it's a genius album but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish…The Beatles were great when they were the Beatles. But I think they got carried away."

Keith Richards on 'Sergeant Pepper'.

"Men would like to have sex twice as often as women. This gap in sexual desire between men and women is growing over time and cannot be dismissed as an outdated patriarchal myth, as is argued by some feminists."

Catherine Hakim, author of a report published by the British Institute of Economic Affairs arguing for the decriminalisation of prostitution.

"Anybody living in this country has to be aware of the huge amount of adverse publicity that has been directed towards Sean FitzPatrick since 2008."

Judge Martin Nolan.

"The objective...was to end the war in such a way that there would not be half a million killed on each side."

President Harry Truman on a recently discovered tape talking to surviving Japanese atomic bomb victims in 1964.

"We have not invested in the capital side for quite some time... For a country that is recovering well and has a good balance of payments, we've got to start investing ...in areas such as education and infrastructure. We are desperately in danger of damaging our whole educational fabric, which has been the backbone of inward investment."

Gary McGann, retiring chief executive, Smurfit Kappa.

"How do we take care of those who, following the irreversible failing of their family bond, made a new union? People who started a new union after the defeat of their sacramental marriage are not at all excommunicated and they must absolutely not be treated that way."

Pope Francis.

"We were staying down in Cork and the beautiful thing that happened was to go for my first pint of Guinness in eight years, to go to the bar, it was as powerful as Mass."

Tommy Tiernan, who is back on the drink because his wife said he was boring sober.

"Anyone who gets to my age will have regrets if they look back at their life...I made loads of mistakes. The thing...is to admit to mistakes you made, and learn from them."

Eamon Dunphy, TV soccer pundit, at 70.

"We are great at setting up inquiries in this country. We are not so good at getting to the end of them."

Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua.

Sunday Independent

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