Medb Ruane: The silence in the Dáil after Lowry's speech was the most eloquent moment of the day
Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words. "For sale: baby shoes, never used," he replied.
Brevity worked less well for England football manager Fabio Capello, when he was asked if his English was good enough, following three years at the helm. Capello answered, after his translator repeated the question in Italian.
"I think when I speak with the players they understand everything. It's important when you speak with the players," he said. "If I need to speak about the economy or other things, I can't speak. But when you speak about tactics, you don't use a lot of words. I don't have to speak about a lot of different things. Maximum 100 words."