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Sunday 16 June 2019

"I want people to know that whatever decisions are made on an issue, I will make them according to what I believe is in the public interest and my own conscience. I won't be allowing my own background or my own sexual orientation to dictate the decisions I make."

"I want people to know that whatever decisions are made on an issue, I will make them according to what I believe is in the public interest and my own conscience. I won't be allowing my own background or my own sexual orientation to dictate the decisions I make."

Leo Varadkar, Health Minister, announcing that he is a gay man.

"When Miriam O'Callaghan was talking to Leo about his own personal life, Miriam felt the need to say 'well now, just to put the other point of view…' You're talking to a man about his own private life and she feels she has to provide balance by giving an anti-gay marriage agenda as a point of view. It's absolutely rubbish."

Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss.

"The real heroes are the people of Ireland... It has been a very hard journey. It has taken its toll... but jobless rates are already a lot better than at the beginning of the crisis, while the growth numbers are outstanding and will be the highest in Europe next year."

Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF.

"I think there's a lot of good people in Fianna Fail. I could work with them. People who support Fianna Fail probably, in some ways, have a lot in common with people who support Fine Gael. This isn't an ideological problem for me. It will be a practical challenge though, to put together a programme for government."

Simon Coveney, Agriculture Minister.

"I suppose Simon is in two competitions: one with Leo Varadkar for the leadership of Fine Gael, and the other in terms of the next election... I was annoyed at that level of lack of loyalty, really, at this stage, when you consider that in the last 12 months the Labour Party has borne the brunt of this, cleaning up messes which Fine Gael has made. "

Kathleen Lynch, Labour Minister for Primary Care.

"They will fight on their own platforms and policies and when it is all over, if the electorate give the numbers to Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, they will have to sit down and do the business."

John McGuinness, FF TD and PAC chairman.

"I don't think it should be a position where the only people who get on the property ladder are those who have parents who can give them a big lump sum (for a deposit)."

Anne Nolan, second secretary general, Department of Finance.

"The French think they invented the world of food and wine, which is totally untrue. Yes, they have a heritage, but other countries are catching up. When you teach people, be prepared for the student to get better than the teacher."

Albert Roux, renowned French-born chef.

"I love Ruth deeply, but I also fancy her. How could I resist? No wonder I look tired all the time. That woman has me run ragged. I go to work for a break."

Eamonn Holmes, TV presenter, on his wife and fellow presenter, Ruth Langsford.

"Instead of the Armalite, the IRA are using poison to murder people in Louth and south Armagh. The same people who murdered Paul Quinn are the same individuals pumping toxins that are poisoning people here in Louth and in Crossmaglen. This is not a residue from toxins. It is a residue from the Troubles."

Richie Culhane, FG councillor.

"Seven deaths, all bunched together, it is very alarming. It is a terrible tragedy that has hit the county and the country."

Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin, West Galway coroner, presiding over seven inquests which involved suicide.

"It is my fifth marriage, and my happiest, and last."

Joan Collins, celebrating her 13th wedding anniversary.

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