Sunday 23 October 2016

Quotes of the week

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

"Over the last couple of years, members of An Garda Siochana have felt pilloried by a lot of negative commentary in relation to members of An Garda Siochana and An Garda Siochana as a whole. So there is a huge job of work that has to be done to reinvigorate and boost morale."

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Noirin O'Sullivan, Garda Commissioner.

"I cannot explain the suspended sentences that are being handed out all over the place. I cannot explain the failure to apply consecutive sentences where the law allows them to be imposed. But if it is as I think it might be, that the judiciary are responding to the lack of prison places, then that's wrong."

- Michael Pattwell, former judge.

"I used to love Dublin city but I'm not in love with it anymore. The lifestyle has changed. There was a time when I could walk home from Dublin city centre any night of the week. I can't do that any more. I started to feel very threatened in the city at night time, so I just stopped going in."

- Tom Jordan, Fair City actor.

"Ireland's abortion laws are among the most punitive in the world… I have always been very proud to be Irish but I am embarrassed by Ireland's abortion laws. This is something you can't be proud of. It's barbaric."

- Graham Linehan, Fr Ted creator.

"If you cannot get the right training, if you do not have the right job that is enhancing your career and making you a better doctor, there is nothing patriotic about staying and doing service work in an inappropriate non-training environment."

- Professor John Crown, senator, and oncologist to young doctors.

"I remember having a chat with someone and them saying, 'You know you've got to recognise that this is part and parcel of what you're doing. When you walk into a room, yes, people are going to talk about what you are doing there, but they're also going to want to know what you're wearing'. I wrestled with that one for a little while and caved in at the end of the day."

- Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

"In a world in which the internet, with its forums and discussion groups, has blurred the line between readers and writers almost to invisibility, the relationship between one and the other now seems increasingly difficult - audience participation in the creation of art is considered by many to be not only legitimate, but desirable."

- Joanne Harris, author.

"They know nothing. All they know is, 'Let me get a part, let me be discovered'."

- Steven Berkoff, actor, on young actors.

"I think we must be very careful not to make our daughters despise men. There is too much comedy around where men are hopeless and despicable. I've encountered very lovely men who see nothing wrong with stacking the dishwasher, doing the laundry, being supportive while I work, being as manly as I need them to be around the house and in the bedroom."

- Maureen Lipman, actress.

"I've for years argued that we should treat drug use as a health issue, not as a crime. While the vast majority of recreational drug users never experience any problems, people who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell."

- Sir Richard Branson.

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