"I think the type of emigration that we have . . . it's the type of people that have left have gone on the basis that . . . they want to enjoy themselves. That's what young people are entitled to do."
"My personal view is that this country is not ready for that and may never, ever, ever be ready for it" (May 2004)
As Minister for Social and Family Affairs, on the subject of gay male couples obtaining legal status as parents in the Republic of Ireland.