Sunday 20 August 2017

Quotes of the week

I'm not standing, no matter what I'm told to do, because my religion is my business and is not up for public scrutiny.

Solidarity-PBP's Brid Smith stated she would not be standing during Dail prayers after a motion was passed to keep the tradition.

They ran the Magdalene laundries and they were horrific altogether. I don't think the Church should be involved in running hospitals. I mean, they ran the homes. We never knew what was going on, they never told us anything, you believed every word you were told.

Philomena Lee, whose tragic tale of a forced adoption inspired a book and movie, on the Sisters of Charity's involvement with the new National Maternity Hospital.

It's not a simple 'yes' or 'no'; that depends on a number of issues. I know people today who are alive whose mothers, in one particular case, was raped. She was the outcome of that, and she gets very angry when people suggest she should never have had a life.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin when asked if he was supportive of abortions in particular circumstances of rape and incest.

My son wants to be dead. He is 10 years of age. I spend my days trying to convince him being alive and with his family is more fun. My son is ­majorly ­suffering, but nobody seems to care.

Part of a letter from a mother of a child with mental-health issues that was read aloud in the Dail by Independent TD Mick Wallace.

The world's a bit funny now, it's gone a bit strange, it's a bit harder to parody. Because so much of the world right now is so grim, and hard and fearful, and people so take affront at everything.

Actress Joanna Lumley.

I think about having children all the time. But now, with the way science is, I think I can do it when I want.

Model Naomi Campbell (46), adding that she does not want to be a single parent.

I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something ... I mean, I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family.

Actor Brad Pitt admitting he was a "professional" drinker.

I managed to get through it without ­completely breaking down but at the end I stood up and walked out of the room and had a good cry. It was a lot to take in and relive.

Actress Barbara Windsor after watching a new BBC film about her life.

I've a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. I'm not going to risk leaving them. Not for their sake, but for mine.

Ex-Top Gear host Richard Hammond vows to do no more death-defying stunts.

Think of all the men you get to kiss and you don't have to pay the price. The relationship is perfect because you are in the story and it's the greatest thing kissing a man in a movie.

Actress Diane Keaton on kissing in films, which she can do with no consequences.

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