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"He doled out the truth only when he could gain an advantage in doing so."

"He doled out the truth only when he could gain an advantage in doing so."

Frank Bailey, US bankruptcy judge, on David Drumm, former Anglo-Irish Bank chief executive.

"Everything has a limit, so why does freedom of speech not have a limit? If freedom of expression is unlimited, can people depict the Holocaust in such a mocking way? Let us be clear, depicting the Prophet Mohammed is a mistake but responding to it in this way is an atrocity."

Dr Ali Selim, senior Islamic cleric, who warned Irish editors not to publish the offending cartoons.

"I've travelled around Europe and I see where I have to provide an enormous amount of money in order to provide irrigation systems for European farmers in various member states. Water is a finite resource. If Ireland doesn't cherish water it won't give us the public health advantages and the competitive advantage for foreign direct investment in the future."

Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner

"Oh, it looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!"

Stephen Fry, (57), comedian, on marrying a man aged 27.

"To be honest, I think you'll find that the woman who is saying that roles have dried up is the woman who at 40, 45, 48 still wants to play the ingénue and can't understand why she's not being cast as the 21-year-old. Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that's bullsh*t; so will Helen Mirren or whoever it happens to be. If you are willing to work in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you are still the young buck when you're my age, it just doesn't work. You do have to be prepared to accept there are stages in life. So I can't be the gladiator forever."

Russell Crowe, actor.

"There is a certain unreality about it if you are not to deal directly with the Arms Crisis. The show starts in 1979, which might be as good a place as any for the producers, but it doesn't give you quite an accurate portrayal if you leave out what happened in 1969 and 1970."

Des O'Malley, arch rival of Charles Haughey on the TV docudrama, 'Charlie'.

"What next? Will we have descendants of British Army firing squads attending the celebrations?"

James Connolly Heron, great grandson of James Connolly, on inviting members of the British royal family to the 1916 centenary.

"The York family is a tight unit. We've always been a tight unit. He is the greatest man there is. It was the finest moment of my life in 1986 when I married him. He is a great man, the best man in the world."

Sarah Ferguson, former wife of Prince Andrew, who has denied allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.

"It's difficult to get women interested in politics. There is a taboo - I can't fully explain why. We can't force women to get involved with us, but I am very hopeful that we will get them in significant numbers."

Lucinda Creighton, launching her new political party.

"He has done 13 years now and it is a constant worry to myself and my wife that he will get release. He got a life sentence for what he did to Siobhan. I think it should mean life. We are suffering every day. Why should he be allowed out to get on with his life?"

Andy Hynes on John McDonagh, who murdered his daughter, Siobhan Hynes, 16 years ago.

"I think a lot of people have had difficult relationships with their fathers. I have reversed that trend, I would like to say. I have a wonderful relationship with my three children."

Chris de Burgh, singer, on his relationship with his father.

Sunday Independent