Saturday 16 December 2017

They said what...?

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan Newsdesk

"Very cross, I had a stand-up row with Paschal Donohoe in Government Buildings." - Mattie McGrath on the heated government talks outside Leinster House.

"Doesn't everyone want to be a minister?"

- Kevin 'Boxer' Moran on RTÉ radio, discussing ambitions in Government.

"I put the Child of Prague outside the front door."

- The new Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty before her promotion was announced.

"A ship without a captain."

- Noel Rock, proposing Enda Kenny for Taoiseach, describes the political deadlock since the General Election.

"I joked to him (Noel Rock) that when I proposed Enda Kenny as Taoiseach in 2011 it only took one attempt."

- Simon Harris in the Dáil


- Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams' word for Independent TDs who support Enda Kenny.

"Fianna Fáil will effectively have their boot on the throat of the Taoiseach, meaning they can push through whatever they like and collapse the arrangement whenever they choose."

- Joan Burton

"It will be a great test of our democracy, of our character and indeed of this house, a test that I am convinced that we will pass."

- Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking about the new Government

"Most unhappy Taoiseach I've ever seen."

- Ruth Coppinger on Taoiseach Enda Kenny

"There are new outfits and hairdos but it's a million miles away from the real life of Irish people."

- Clare Daly on the new Dáil.

"We are not going to turn into Swedes or Scandinavians over night."

- Eamon Ryan on the likelihood of nordic-style politics in Leinster House.

"Gerry Adams and his deputies believe in finding problems to exploit. We believe in finding problems to resolve."

- Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin

"Alan Kelly suffering from the withdrawal of the drug of his choice."

- Mr Martin hits out at the Labour former minister, referencing a Sunday Independent interview in which Mr Kelly revealed he thought power was a "drug".

"Never was so much negotiated for so long, for so little."

- Gerry Adams hits out at the new Government deal.

"I am reluctant to take a high and mighty position and the other day Deputy Danny Healy-Rae and I had different views about the climate-change issue. If he does not believe it, in some ways one could accept that, as he has a completely different world view - a different world, almost - to what I see."

- Green Party leader Eamon Ryan references the dispute with Mr Healy-Rae over climate change.

"I felt for the greater good of the people in rural Ireland and West Cork in particular, I could not vote for Enda Kenny."

- Independent TD Michael Collins on why he did not support the nomination of Mr Kenny as Taoiseach.

"Water policy is not the most important policy facing the country and has taken too much time."

- Micheál Martin on the lengthy talks on the future of water charges.

"They have respected us and we have respected them."

- Independent Seán Canney on talks with Fine Gael.

"I would like to congratulate Deputy Ross... sorry, Minister Ross. I wish him well. You'll have a difficult task reigning him in, Taoiseach."

- Mr Martin wishes Minister Shane Ross well in his new position.

Irish Independent

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