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'Our future doesn't belong to hand-wringers, but those with a clear goal'

"People have made enormous sacrifices in terms of austerity . . . Relief in relation to the promissory notes would underline and emphasise once again the solidarity that Ireland has received from the eurozone."

Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, arguing that a restructuring of Anglo promissory notes would help get the referendum passed.

"These are entirely separate matters, the Irish people are not going to be bribed by anybody. That work (of seeking debt relief) is entirely separate from the treaty and in due course the Government will set out a process by which this will be set before the people."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny responding to Ms Burton.

"Whoever doesn't accept the treaty has no protection from the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund. If the Irish people don't think they need any ESM protection, they can reject the fiscal treaty."

Dr Michael Meister, budget and finance spokesman for Angela Merkel's party.

"There's no way we can accept certain proposals unless certain issues are dealt with first, which include the issue of bank debt that we're being saddled with and which arose in the first place from reckless lending. We now have a historic opportunity to tell the people in Europe the way this has been saddled on Ireland is unfair."

Eamon O Cuiv, ex-deputy leader of Fianna Fail.

"Is it not ironic the way history repeats itself? Deputy Micheal Martin is not the first Corkman to be shot in the back by a De Valera."

Tom Sheahan, Fine Gael senator.

"There is no doubt that his position was not tenable if he was going to vote against the treaty in the Dail. I am not going to play games with issues that go to the core of the future of Europe."

Micheal Martin, Fianna Fail leader.

"Greece should be made an offer it can't refuse. The EU should create incentives for an exit. Outside European monetary union, Greece's chances of regenerating itself are definitely better than if it remained inside the eurozone."

Hans-Peter Friedrich, German interior minister.

"A look beyond one's nose into history shows the evil spirits of the past are in no way banished. They can always return. That means Europe remains a question of war and peace and the idea of peace the motivation behind European integration. To those who show doubt in the crisis, I ask them: where would we be in Europe today if we had succumbed to the faint-hearted and hand-wringers and not pushed through the great European idea, against considerable opposition? The future doesn't belong to the hand-wringers, rather those with a clear goal in their eyes. We cannot allow the current discussion and the crisis situation in Greece to lose sight of a unified Europe."

Helmut Kohl, former German chancellor.

"I think the Irish Government will work hard so that people say yes to a package they negotiated, which is good for all European countries. But if it is rejected, then no funds are available from the package."

Guido Westerwelle, German foreign minister.

Sunday Independent