Wednesday 28 September 2016

Quotes of the week

Published 03/04/2016 | 02:30

RTE chair Moya Doherty, Miriam O’Callaghan, Dee Forbes and INM Group Business Editor Dearbhail McDonald at the Women In Media conference in Ballybunion
RTE chair Moya Doherty, Miriam O’Callaghan, Dee Forbes and INM Group Business Editor Dearbhail McDonald at the Women In Media conference in Ballybunion

A look back at the past week in quotes.

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"My peer group is very male but there are more women coming to the fore now. I do think it's changing but there's still a long way to go."

- Dee Forbes in a recent interview before being appointed the first female Director General of RTE.

"Michaella certainly won't be wasting her time here. She will be helping in the running of our church as a lay missionary."

- Bishop Sean Walsh of Lima's Eastern Catholic Church where freed drug smuggler Michaella McCollum Connolly from Co Tyrone will be carrying out her parole in Peru.

"I can't listen to any more of this s**t, Joan!"

- Sean Sherlock's dramatic exit from a Labour party meeting in a Dublin hotel before having to tiptoe back for his coat.

"It's not a city in which to hustle; rather, it's one in which to enjoy a locally brewed pint."

- Nell McShane Wulfhart writing for the New York Times' travel section on Galway city.

"I am still waiting for a man in jodhpurs to ravish me in a horsebox."

- Journalist Rosie Kinchen.

"It is an embarrassment to our country."

- US secretary of state John Kerry on the development of the presidential election campaign.

"He is inordinately proud of his Turkish ancestry and his views on matters such as monogamy are decidedly Eastern."

- Journalist Petronella Wyatt on Boris Johnson, with whom she had an affair.

"I got a feeling that this must be what it's like to sit on God's front porch and look at creation."

- Astronaut Eugene Cernan recalls his feelings when, in 1972, he was the last person to set foot on the moon.

"I am an obsessive cleaner and a straightener of things - everything is lined up in piles. If things get disordered, it is difficult for me."

- Actor Ralph Fiennes.

"If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush."

- Comedian Dawn French.

"She sounded as crass as her platform shoes."

- TV's Clive James on Lady Gaga's performance singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl.

"Maybe the way I speak gives the impression I know a lot. But I know nothing. So don't ask me to be on your quiz team - you'll lose."

- Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.

"I've given up wearing high heels. I am getting old, it's about comfort now."

- Grayson Perry, the transvestite award-winning potter.

"I love living in England, but the one thing I struggle with is Essex girls. They look good, but I can't understand a word they say."

- Pop star will.i.am.

"At work we are getting concussion from hitting our heads on the glass ceiling - and we are expected to clean it while up there."

- Author Kathy Lette on the plight of women writers.

"I think it's part of the self-absorbed generation and it bothers me. Also, it's utter hell for the people around you."

- Actress Celia Imrie on anorexia.

"The photo was the perfect demonstration of this strange new urge to be the star of your own social media show, even in a situation when minutes earlier people thought they were going to die."

- Broadcaster John Humphrys on the picture taken of Ben Innes, of Leeds, with the hijacker of the EgyptAir flight.

"Stupid."

- Ben Innes's mother, Pauline Jones, on that "selfie".

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