Saturday 22 October 2016

Quotes of the week

Published 10/04/2016 | 02:30

Leo Varadkar. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Leo Varadkar. Photo: Caroline Quinn

A look back at the week in quotes.

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"It's been six weeks. I don't think it could go on for another six weeks."

- Health minister Leo Varadkar on how long the country can go on without a government.

"This vote is absolutely pointless. Enda Kenny can't be elected, neither can Micheal Martin, neither can I. It's a charade."

- Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams ahead of Wednesday's vote for the office of Taoiseach.

"I am prepared to lead a minority government myself if the Taoiseach doesn't want to lead a minority government and I put that to the Taoiseach."

- Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin on Thursday.

"Obviously, if there are offences of Irish law discovered in this, you can be absolutely sure they will be vigorously prosecuted. But at this point we don't know."

- Jobs minister Richard Bruton on the Panama Papers.

"This is the ugliest face of the so-called 'one-click' society. At the touch of a button, millions can be wafted beyond reach of law or of national exchequers." Historian Max Hastings on the Panama Papers.

"RTE has a strong track record in highlighting the harm caused to individuals and society by illegal drugs and its trade, and we welcome the public discussion generated by this programme."

- RTE on reaction to the Michaella McCollum interview.

"Joan will make her own decision [on stepping down] and when that decision is made, I'll answer that question."

- Environment minister Alan Kelly refuses to say if he will run for the leadership of the Labour Party.

"When you look at the consequences of leaving this market, you have to ask: why on earth would we do this to ourselves? I believe it would be needless and reckless - an act of economic and political self-harm."

- Britain's prime minister David Cameron, who is opposed to leaving the EU.

"I remember the dirty old socks and the fag ends, it was great."

- Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood on the band's early days.

"I'm always the guinea pig to try everything. I've got to try them all... But generally, I'm open to anything. I've been stung by bees. It's a thousands-of-years-old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It's actually pretty incredible if you research it."

- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow suffers in the name of beauty.

"I find heterosexuality far too interesting a phenomenon to avoid! Macbeth isn't gay, nor is Richard III, or King Lear. I didn't want to cut myself off from all those things."

- Ian McKellen on his "coming out".

"I've got too much to lose - like my hair. Lord knows what else could fall out of me."

- Singer Dolly Parton, who refuses to go on rollercoasters.

"They can't be skinny or little. They have got to be big and potentially dominating. It gives me something to do."

- Hollywood veteran Shirley MacLaine (81) on what she looks for in a lover.

"You can go into the trolls' timelines and see all the things they are into, and there's usually a lifetime of pain and inadequacy there."

- Author Irvine Welsh on being trolled on Twitter.

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