Monday 20 November 2017

"I don't think they'll be back in the next election. . . It's not going to be in one election but they will come back, the party will grow. I hope I live to see it."

"I don't think they'll be back in the next election. . . It's not going to be in one election but they will come back, the party will grow. I hope I live to see it."

Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach.

"I am not a man-hater and I don't want to be a priest, but the Archbishop [Diarmuid Martin, Dublin] talked about equality and I felt I can't take any more of this. I was here to celebrate St Brigid and all the women of Ireland, and there wasn't a woman beyond the altar rails."

A 77-year-old nun who walked out in protest from a Mass to celebrate the work of Dublin nuns, priests and brothers.

"I deserve to be treated as a human and not as a criminal. The rest of the world can see this is wrong but we're in a western society and yet it hasn't changed."

A 24-year-old Cork woman objecting to the State's current abortion laws.

"No one should be under any illusion. The referendum [on same-sex marriage] is a dry run for a sequel, the repeal of their eighth amendment if politicians need no longer fear religious factors weighting voters."

Martin Mansergh, former Fianna Fail junior minister.

"Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of pain? God is a maniac, utterly monstrous and totally selfish."

Stephen Fry, actor.

"I feel sorry for the man that his understanding of life is simply confined to the here and now and that from his position of atheism there is no hope for the future. I did not so much find his remarks hurtful as just sorrowful that here was somebody who was so spiritually blind."

Rev Ian McNie, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

"It was, in soccer terms, the most destructive own goal in history. . .To give an unlimited guarantee with no reliable facts, turned a banking crisis into a fiscal crisis, and not just a fiscal crisis - one that was clearly going to crush Ireland. . . The Irish people are so low on the list of people responsible for the crash, that they don't much matter."

Professor Bill Black, US expert, at the Oireachtas banking inquiry.

"People are obese because they eat too much and are not active enough. Kids are obese because their parents are not watching what they eat closely enough and are not forcing them to be more active. So I do not believe this measure will tackle our obesity problems."

Oliver Dunne from Malahide's Bon Appetit restaurant, on menus having to display calorie counts.

"We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day. I am frankly ashamed of how we have dealt with this issue. There is no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It's nobody else's fault but mine and it's embarrassing."

Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter.

"One time I heard a father say, 'At times I have to hit my children a bit, but never in the face so as not to humiliate them'. That's great. He had a sense of dignity. He should punish, do the right thing, then move on."

Pope Francis.

"The whole reason that parliament came into being was that powerful vested interests or others could not gag parliament."

Pat Rabbitte, former Labour Minister, on the Ceann Comhairle's decision to disallow a debate on An Garda Siochana.

"I've been looking at just what [Christine Lagarde's] fellow French citizens get for their taxes. They would never endure 'heroism' Irish style. So why then, do we?"

Eamon Dunphy, commentator.

Sunday Independent

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