Thursday 29 September 2016

"The slight recovery we are seeing does not warrant this kind of giveaway. This kind of stunt is killing the goose that laid the egg. This scale of gifting before an election is simply monstrous and the country can little afford it."

Published 18/10/2015 | 02:30

"The slight recovery we are seeing does not warrant this kind of giveaway. This kind of stunt is killing the goose that laid the egg. This scale of gifting before an election is simply monstrous and the country can little afford it." Gay Byrne, making a pre-Budget statement.

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"It's an amazing thing. When I look back, I was accused, and my ministers and my government were accused, of spending (too much). That was when we had surpluses. This Government now has a Budget package which is probably as big, when there is still a high budget deficit ... Now anyone who ridiculed any of my things has to be consistent." Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach.

"The 1950s outfits were so womanly and it encouraged women to have the curves and a bum and boobs and all that stuff. Girls are so strongly encouraged to be almost waif-like now and not have any shape at all."

Saoirse Ronan, actress.

"Inequality is an enormously complicated thing, that is both good and bad. Success breeds inequality and you don't want to choke off success." Angus Deaton, Scottish economist and Nobel Prize winner.

"Football is the game of the people. More rugby is played on the southside of Dublin than on the northside. Rugby is still primarily the sport of choice for fee-paying schools. No matter how hard we try, we rugby people can't actually say this is the game of the people. The game of the people is soccer." George Hook, rugby pundit and broadcaster.

"I've had it when I've been in a toilet cubicle and someone's gone, 'Can I get a picture?' I'm wiping my bum!" Cara Delevingne, supermodel.

"I've never really been able to give out about the attention I get for my private life because if you're willing to sell your soul to the devil in the early days, you can't really turn round and say, 'Well, I've had enough of it now.'" Brian McFadden, former Westlife singer.

"To tango, it takes two. I am not a splendid dancer. But at least I know the rules which have to be observed by others. We have to dance, and our British friends have to dance." Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commission president, on the British referendum on EU membership.

"Travellers face a lot in this country. The day after, you see how everyone was affected... Then you have the protests. I'm sure they were the same people saying they were shocked... If it were Nigerian nationals, we'd be across the world news as racists." John Connors, actor and Traveller.

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