"People aren't qualified for the positions they're getting. If you can grovel to the
Taoiseach enough ... if you're just about able to read a script, you're in. It's down to being a supporter of the Taoiseach. (People are silenced by) non-promotion and subtle threats with regard to nominations, when it comes to the general election. There's a sense of fear within the parliamentary party these days that if you don't toe the line, well then you'll be punished. It's got to the point where people are becoming disgusted with the way Fine Gael is being run."
John Deasy, FG TD.
"Faced with so many pastoral requirements, faced with the request of men and women, we run the risk of becoming afraid and of turning in on ourselves in a fearful and defensive manner … This fear leads us into the temptation to be self-satisfied and to clericalism, to codify the faith in rules and instructions just as was done by the Pharisees, the scribes and the doctors of law in Jesus's time … It is not the pope's job to offer a full and detailed assessment of contemporary reality, but he invites all the church to grasp the signs of the times."
"In facing reality we ... see and acknowledge that human relationship breaks down and so the two realities that are also there for us to hold in heart and in mind are the pain and distress of the breakdown of the marriage and the emergence and celebration of new relationships."
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Britain's most senior Catholic.
"I have watched France for two and a half years. I never saw such despair, such anger, such lack of hope … I have no choice. I must give back a part of what my country gave to me."
Nicolas Sarkozy, ex French president.
"I feel this obsession to be 'hot' is more prevalent than ever it was in my youth. It's not 'I want to be charming and magical and romantic and beautiful.' It's 'I want to be hot'. In other words, 'I want men to want to screw me'. I went through a period like that. I dressed and behaved in a certain way. I couldn't handle the results. It didn't get me where I wanted to be. So I started to be more low key and I got better relationships as a result … Women take on too much, so I think they probably whinge because they are absolutely exhausted. That's our mistake, always wanting to be perfect."
Jacqueline Bisset, actress (70).
"One can envisage a time when developments will be such as to ask judges in the future, perhaps 10 or 15 years away, to make determinations with profound socio-economic consequences which courts, at present, are not always well-placed to make. If that happens, questions may arise as to the power and perhaps the legitimacy of courts to make such decisions in the absence of a clearly established mandate."
John MacMenamin, Supreme Court judge, warning judges may come to be seen as 'political surrogates'.
"It must now be impressed on Euro zone leaders that they have tried the usual political prevarication, and its principal result has been to delay political recovery and make people's lives more difficult. If you've got Enda Kenny's number, you need to ring him and tell him to get his skates on and talk to Merkel and that bunch about the political and economic reality."
Alan Dukes, ex-FG leader, at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
"Greed, self-interest, the insatiable pursuit of material gratifications ... such values have become widely endorsed. What is on offer at times is an increas- ingly private life in a gated community of the mind that serves to protect itself from, or is at best indifferent to, the excluded."
President Michael D Higgins.
"A couple of years ago the Government decided to
put a temoroary
restriction on the price of beer. It shouldn't be beyond their wit to do the same with rent for a period.
Shay Coady, Impact general secretary, at a conference on homelessness.