Sunday 22 September 2019

Quotes of the week

"I spoke to Her Majesty The Queen to request an end to the current parliamentary session."

- British prime minister Boris Johnson sets the cat among the pigeons.

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"The government's decision to prorogue parliament may not be unconstitutional or unlawful - but it is an affront to parliamentary democracy."

Dr Ruth Fox of the Hansard Society, the UK's top source of independent research and advice on parliamentary affairs.

"Oliver Cromwell dismissed parliament when they disagreed with him."

Minister of State Michael D'Arcy tweeting about Johnson's decision to suspend the UK parliament. D'Arcy was later instructed by the Taoiseach's office to remove the tweet. A statue of Cromwell still takes pride of place outside Westminster.

"At the moment, nothing credible has come from the UK government in terms of alternatives to the backstop. It cannot simply be this notion that we must have the backstop removed and we'll solve this problem in the future negotiations, without any credible way of doing that. That's not going to fly."

Tanaiste Simon Coveney speaking in Helsinki last Friday.

"Fear can have a stifling effect on those who are coerced and are intimidated in any way, and perhaps that was the intention that day, but the opposite has been the effect."

Church of Ireland Archdeacon Isaac Hanna, 40 years after the IRA attack on Mountbatten's boat off Co Sligo, which left four dead.

"He knows exactly what he's done and I hope he comes clean about it."

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, when asked about Prince Andrew after a hearing for alleged victims of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

"We deem everything as banter - you give someone a bit of a sarky comment, we laugh it off. But behind closed doors it affects us."

Actor Shayne Ward.

"There were a lot of families, women with young children in particular, close to the area of the shooting."

A Garda superintendent speaking about the gangland murder of a man in Co Louth.

"I am not able to budget out regular household income to pay for my child going to school and will need to borrow money to help me prepare her for secondary school."

A parent, speaking anonymously through the SVP, which is helping families cope at back-to-school time.

"It's easy to be critical of a successful team. Kilkenny won 11 out of 15 All-Irelands under Brian Cody - but I heard nobody talk about splitting Kilkenny in half because they were too strong."

Dublin footballing great Tony Hanahoe.

"We're going in with a team who don't have a whole pile of experience. And I know there are fellas trying to say that we do - we don't."

Kerry football manager Peter Keane.

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