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"Provisional Sinn Fein and the Provisional IRA have no connection with 1916. To claim otherwise is a dangerous and cynical lie."

"Provisional Sinn Fein and the Provisional IRA have no connection with 1916. To claim otherwise is a dangerous and cynical lie."

Micheal Martin, Fianna Fail leader.

"The fact is war should not be glamorised. War is desperate. Part of what we need to look at is that we ended the war."

Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein leader.

"Associates of Gerry Adams were responsible for starting the war and all the crimes that took place. What he is saying is laughable."

Seamus McKendry, son-in-law of the late Jean McConville.

"Our most important resource is our people. You want to attract and retain talent at all levels of the business. It's important that all members of staff are able to plan their hours, plan their budgets and work accordingly."

Breege O'Donoghue, executive director Primark/Penneys, on why she has never employed staff on zero hours contracts.

"It bothers me an awful lot that people are just left to suffer. If I had Alzheimer's or dementia, I would do something about it. The law should be changed and if people want to die with a bit of dignity left, they should be able to do so ... It can be more cruel to do nothing."

Bruce Forsyth, legendary entertainer.

"A lot of men find they have few other interests when they no longer have the focus of a working life. Once the hit retirement, they can feel lost and simply don't know how to fill out their days… People need to think through what they're going to do each day - otherwise alcohol can be used to fill what could be a growing void."

Dr Colin O'Gara, consultant psychiatrist, St John Of God Hospital, Dublin.

"No, I am not the Joan Collins who was arrested yesterday at a Dublin protest meeting. The very idea!"

Dame Joan Collins, actress.

"For the record, I am not Joan Collins OBE. I'd never take an honour from a monarch. Nor did I wear shoulder pads in the Eighties. The very idea!"

Joan Collins, TD.

"My motto is to live in peace and respect all the different religions, people's sexualities and ethnic origins. I cannot tolerate people who harm others in the name of religion and I salute all those who stand up for free speech and difference of opinion."

Frida Lyngstad, Abba member, on her 70th birthday.

"A homosexual man is a man 100pc. He does not need to dress homosexual. When homosexuality is exhibited too much - to say 'Ah, you know I'm homosexual' - that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man."

Giorgio Armani, fashion designer.

"When there's somebody telling me I can't share my love with my partner publicly, I call that discrimination. It's very hurtful. I'd love to say to my partner that we can go back to Ireland and get married in my country. I'd love to have that right. Weddings matter in Ireland and being excluded from them is really sad."

Colm Toibin, writer.

"To be lonely is probably one of the worst things you can be."

Judge Tony Hunt who presided at Graham Dwyer's trial for the murder of Elaine O'Hara.

"I was never lonelier as a journalist than the day that I had a child, because we still live in a world where women are left to bear that weight alone. It victimises a woman if she is the only person carrying that weight. It makes her weaker, it makes her vulnerable and she will be treated differently."

Olivia O'Leary, veteran journalist.

"These people are men and women like us, our brothers and sisters, hungry, persecuted, wounded, exploited."

Pope Francis on African migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Sunday Independent