Quotes of the week
"Like Barack Obama, a bit like Tony Blair, he's a figurehead, a CEO, a man who does the bidding of his masters who hide behind him. Pope Francis may have set a different tone by doing Christ-like things such as bathing the feet of prisoners and embracing a severely deformed man, but not much within the Catholic Church will change . . . He can initiate certain reforms in the Vatican but unless he radically alters the policies of the Catholic Church, there won't be a change."
Gabriel Byrne, actor.
"I don't think it's ever correct to say that two police officers were murdered because of their own actions. These men's deaths were not determined by their own actions but the actions of the IRA. The IRA is responsible for the murder of these two men, not the officers themselves."