Quotes of the week
"They have been ineffective in elections since they went into government by and large, with the exception of some very well run by-elections, but if you just recall back to the presidential election, the party polled seven per cent of the national vote some months after getting 36pc of the vote in a general election… that took some ingenuity to achieve a result like that. The recent local elections, probably, as an election campaign was, in my honest view, one of the worst I every saw."
Frank Flannery, former Fine Gael election strategist.
"President Putin faces a clear choice in how he decides to respond to this appalling tragedy… If he does not change his approach to Ukraine, then Europe and the West must fundamentally change our approach to Russia. Those of us in Europe should not need to be reminded of the consequences of turning a blind eye when big countries bully smaller countries."