What they said . . .
"Today, the period of mourning is over for Ireland. Today, we hang out our brightest colours and together, under Deputy Kenny's leadership, we move forward yet again."
-- Fine Gael TD Simon Harris, the Dail's youngest deputy, nominating Enda Kenny as Taoiseach
"Be assured we will not oppose the government just for the sake of it."
-- Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams on the new Fine Gael-Labour Government
"I have nothing against Europe. I have lived in Holland, Spain, Germany and Great Britain."
-- Luke 'Ming' Flanagan during his maiden Dail speech
"They said Enda Kenny would never make it and they called me and others gombeen politicians. However, the people have spoken."
-- Michael Healy-Rae, who sported his father's 'comb-over' during his maiden Dail speech
"He has always been motivated by the highest public spirit and commitment in office."
-- Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin on Enda Kenny's election as Taoiseach
"The new Government will tell the people the truth regardless of how unwelcome or difficult that might be. We will tell it constantly and unreservedly."
-- Enda Kenny following his election as Taoiseach
"I wish to say a brief word about ministers' salaries, something which may not affect Deputy Durkan this evening. However, Deputy Kenny is a forgiving type and one would never know."
-- Independent TD Shane Ross hits out at Fine Gael's Bernard Durkan for interrupting his maiden speech
"We must rise up and tell the EU and IMF that we will not pay the debts of the Irish banks."
-- Independent TD Seamus Healy
"We must restore our economy and leave a legacy for the future."
-- new Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore on the new Government