What they say now... and what they said then
ON THE 2007 ARD FHEIS TAX GIVEAWAY
"Quite a number of us were very annoyed by that Ard Fheis because of its change of tack from what was agreed."
Micheal Martin on Monday's programme on the pre-election tax cuts and spending boost
"Overall the reduction in PRSI and income tax will help maintain Ireland's tax position as one of the most pro-jobs tax systems in the world."
Micheal Martin on March 27, 2007
COWEN AS LEADER
"The worst aspect of the last government was communication. Cowen did not believe in optics."
Micheal Martin on Monday's programme
"It's my view that Brian Cowen will be an excellent leader of the party. He will enjoy my support."
Micheal Martin on April 3, 2008
"Always truculent. The lip would go up and he would put the hand in the pocket. (He had) clever answers, clever ripostes, but it was lost in the look on his face and the sound of his voice."
Mary O'Rourke on Monday
"I'm very satisfied with his leadership."
Mary O'Rourke on November 14, 2008
THE BANK GUARANTEE OF 2008
"I would have liked to have been able to sit around a cabinet table and discuss it."
Willie O'Dea on Monday's programme
"The information conveyed to the Minister of Finance was that there was an imminent clear and present danger to the Irish financial system, which, I suppose, could have resulted almost immediately in one, if not more, financial institutions going into real difficulty unless remedial action was taken."
Willie O'Dea on the day of the guarantee, September 30, 2008