Saturday 27 December 2014

Quotes of the Week

Published 20/07/2014 | 02:30

Anne Ferris, TD, Labour deputy for Wicklow

I never played childhood games with this sister. I never fought with her over toys… She was not handed down my old clothes. We did not go to school together or to discos and nor did we fight over boys. She does not know my children and I have never met hers. We look very alike but… that is the only aspect of our lives that we share.I never played childhood games with this sister. I never fought with her over toys… She was not handed down my old clothes. We did not go to school together or to discos and nor did we fight over boys. She does not know my children and I have never met hers. We look very alike but… that is the only aspect of our lives that we share. -- Anne Ferris, TD, (59) who met her sister two weeks ago for the first time since both were adopted separately as infants.

Books are sold to teens primarily for their educational merit. This can give them a bad rep when compared to film, TV and computer games which are a core part of popular culture and consumed primarily for pleasure. We need to re-position books as a core part of the entertainment arena. If you love films, computer games, TV, there's a reason you can love books as well.

Malorie Blackman, author.

The level of paedophilia in the Church is at two per cent. I find this state of affairs intolerable.

Remarks attributed to Pope Francis in La Repubblica newspaper.

The Magdalene laundries, the mother and baby homes, symphisiotomy. It is quite a collection. It is a collection that has carried on beyond any period that it is hard to imagine the State tolerating. I can't prevent myself from observing that all of them are not disconnected from the institutional belief system that has predominated in the State.

Nigel Rodley, chair of the UN Human Rights Committee.

The day they murdered my son, they wounded me and I'm slowly bleeding to death.

Steve Collins, at the conviction of Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen, for murder.

It is very unusual to see Irish people bad-mouthing their own when they are away from home. It is not done.

Senator Ned O'Sullivan (FF) on Irish MEPs who have been critical of EU Commission nominee, Phil Hogan.

The problem with IT is that it is not coming fast enough. What's new is the rhetoric of IT conquering everything.

James Woudhuysen, professor of forecasting and innovation at De Montfort University, UK.

There was a great deal of frustration expressed during the elections, but I think that the Irish have adopted a very firm course. That course has proven to be successful and I don't anticipate that there will be any dramatic changes.

Kevin O'Malley, US ambassador designate to Ireland.

All I can see is my mother's face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try I cannot see the light on this one. So it is with a broken heart I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted on Ticketmaster.

Garth Brooks, C&W singer, on the cancellation of his Irish dates.

I can be rightly criticised for making that offer and looking back now I probably regret that I did. I very much regret I even mentioned it.

Owen Keegan, Dublin city manager, on his suggestion that four concerts might have been acceptable to the planners.

We're in f****** sillyland now. We're in whatever is beyond sillyland.

David Drumm, former chief executive of Anglo-Irish Bank, expressing his frustration in 2008 at queries from the then financial regulator, as revealed in tapes published last week.

The district courts are getting it in the neck and are getting some inappropriate criticism for dealing with the systemic failures that are arising from speeding fines. It is quite inappropriate and unfair.

Judge James McNulty.

Sunday Independent

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