Tuesday 27 September 2016

"Individuals that pick up a gun thinking they are going to confront raiders on their property by firing a warning shot... they are going to create two victims, the guy that they fire at and themselves. A week later they're going to be looking over their shoulder wondering when retribution is going to come. "

Published 08/11/2015 | 02:30

"Individuals that pick up a gun thinking they are going to confront raiders on their property by firing a warning shot... they are going to create two victims, the guy that they fire at and themselves. A week later they're going to be looking over their shoulder wondering when retribution is going to come. "

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Diarmuid Cronin, Muintir na Tire.

"There is criminality within the Travelling community. They are a disgrace... I'm not in denial that there are some in the Travelling community that have let down their people by criminality and by disrespect for the settled community. So it's a two-way street. This is not about hugs and kisses."

Padraig MacLochlain SF TD and part Traveller.

"There is an attitude from a small proportion of the Travelling community that you defy everything, you defy the law, you defy order, you defy the guards and you defy the courts."

Judge Patrick Durcan, Ennis District Court.

"It's a sad fact of life that in our society there are many people… who have fallen through the cracks and have not been provided with supports and assistance which would have helped them in their rehabilitation."

Judge Keenan Johnson, sentencing a man for the attempted abduction of an 11 year old girl.

"Our perception is that the judiciary didn't view burglary as a serious offence. They would be arrested by the guards, charged, released on bail, then commit more burglaries and be released again."

Jimmy Martin, Justice department management board member.

"I wanted revenge on them, but thankfully wise heads, loyal friends who stood by my family after the murder, spoke to me and I calmed down. But sometimes hearing news about his friends is upsetting. I find out they've settled down, married and had kids and I think, 'that should have been Paul'. The IRA robbed him of his future."

James Quinn, brother of Paul Quinn, murdered by the IRA.

"The Irish model works because nobody else is using it. If we all had it, then Ireland wouldn't be successful. It's a bit like Switzerland. Switzerland is successful because there aren't any other Switzerlands."

Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister, on Ireland's bailout.

"There is a massive fear of women in the Church which seems to be almost irrational at some levels. Most priests, bishops and cardinals and the Pope himself, are kind of brainwashed into thousands of years of seeing everything through male eyes."

Fr Roy Donovan, one of a group of 12 Irish priests who issued a statement on the "systemic oppression of women within the Catholic Church".

"The risks and vulnerabilities... were identified clearly by those conducting research and analysis and were presented to senior management at the financial stability committee. However, they were toned down or even ignored completely by the senior management of the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland."

Frank Browne, former head of financial stability at the Central Bank.

"I'm just curious to know if I would have been as successful if I wasn't plus-size. I think I remind everyone of themselves. I'm not saying everyone is my size, but it's relatable because I'm not perfect, and a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable."

Adele, singer.

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