Thursday 27 October 2016

Quotes of the week

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern

A look back at the week in quotes.

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"The money markets were going mad. I was trying to keep the Irish pound, it was really difficult, it went on for six months trying to stabilise it. I used to have long black hair and it went grey. I blame the financial crisis for going grey over six months."

- Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach.

"The last emails I was sending were at about four minutes to four in the morning, and my men were timed to come at 7.30 to pick me up on that Monday morning even though it was a bank holiday. My diet was all around snacking and fast foods and all the things you shouldn't do. Exercise? You're picked up from the door and dropped at the door."

- Peter Robinson, NI First Minister, on his suspected heart attack.

People treat bereaved fathers differently from mothers. They often ask men in that situation: 'How's your wife coping?'"

- Mike Ross, Irish rugby player.

"I wonder whether a young, ambitious academic with my kind of severe condition now, would find the same generosity and support in much of higher education. Even with the best goodwill, would the money still be there? I fear not."

- Stephen Hawking, renowned physicist.

"These are people who can't grow potatoes. They've got a mutant lawn weed as their national symbol and they can't verbalise the difference between a 'tree' and the number 'three'."

- Grahame Morris, Australian lobbyist on why his country shouldn't follow Ireland's lead on same-sex marriage.

"Today mass migration is taking place around the globe that could change the face of Europe's civilisation. If that happens, that is irreversible."

- Viktor Orban, Hungarian prime minister.

"With very successful people, we kind of have our own ideas. A lot of people hire consultants. Well if the consultant's so smart, why aren't they rich?"

- Donald Trump, who's thinking of running for the US presidency.

"You must keep your husband satisfied in the bedroom department. Even if you're absolutely exhausted. Otherwise he will go somewhere else."

- Davina McCall, TV personality.

"I think it's very important for children to understand that women work and that it's fulfilling and it doesn't mean that they love you any less or care about you any less."

- Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue.

"This is very much a patriarchal society. And I think one way of keeping women less well paid and having to do more work is to mock them and anything they love . . . it's a simple fact that one way of keeping women shut up is to call the things they love 'fluff'."

- Marian Keyes, author, on the term 'chick-lit'.

"We have much to reflect on and to learn from the referendum debate about presenting and communicating the church's message in the 21st Century. We earnestly want to find ways of reaching out pastorally to different kinds of families and relationships, while at the same time continuing to be advocates for a Christian vision of marriage."

- Archbishop Eamon Martin, Catholic Primate of All Ireland.

"Tolerance is a two-way street. By definition, it accepts there are different opinions and we should agree to disagree in an agreeable manner, not the definition that is currently postulated - that tolerance is the acceptance of different opinions and all opinions are equally correct and should be endorsed as correct."

- Rev Dr Ian McNie, new Presbyterian Moderator.

"If we have not reached agreement with our partners, it's not because of our intransigence or incomprehensible positions from the Greek side. It is rather because of the obsession of some institutional representatives who insist on unreasonable solutions and are being indifferent to the democratic results of recent Greek elections."

- Alexis Tsipras, Greek PM on the threat of a Greek exit from the eurozone for debt default.

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