Tuesday 12 November 2019

Quotes of the week

"I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and how u will react to me. I was the girl who let go with u even when I was scared out of my mind to, I'm the girl who fell in love with you u and wanted to tell u this weekend. But I'm also the girl who gets side-stepped when you are in a shit mood."

Reeva Steenkamp text to her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, who shot her dead.

"I was always opposed to having a directly elected mayor because it concentrates all the power in one person and there's a huge potential for corruption . . . That's what happens pretty much in America. At any one time in America there's always at least 50 mayors in prison for corruption."

Ken Livingstone, former directly elected mayor of London.

"The long-sought panacea to human poverty may at last be within our reach in the form of broadband networks that empower all countries to take their place in the global economy, overcoming traditional barriers like geography, language and resource constraints."

Denis O'Brien, media mogul, who thinks broadband is a "human right".

"I had no identity as such, but I could not shake off my inherent Irishness. I became one of those Irish people who would do anything for Ireland but live there."

Sean Hughes, comedian, on emigrating to London at the age of 19.

"No idea what 'conscious uncoupling' is. 'Unconscious coupling', however, is a speciality of mine."

Daisy Lewis, Downton Abbey actress on the Gwyneth Paltrtow/Chris Martin separation statement.

"I believe you have to destroy a radio station in order to rebuild it and that's what it's about."

Dan Healy, head of RTE's 2fm.

"I don't believe I had a choice. But you have to be circumspect. I support what he is doing because the station needed a major change. I have been part of change. It is difficult and it has been for others and doors close and doors open and you have to roll with it."

Ryan Tubridy, 2fm presenter and Late Late Show host.

"I wouldn't ever consider entering politics because I'd be too busy telling people what I really thought of them and actually get things done, which would make you unelectable in Ireland. If you tell people the truth in Ireland, they never vote for you. We elect people who lie to us all the time."

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair chief.

"Look, I'm not Catholic and I've never felt any connection with any previous Pope, but I like this guy. I like what he says . . . he's changing the tone of the way you regard the Pope and I think it's a magnificent thing."

Russell Crowe, actor, on meeting the Pope.

"I found generally that religion was unhelpful in making compassionate, reasonable judgements. Especially with the Jehovah's Witnesses, where parents allow their children to die because of some theological line invented in 1945 by a committee, seems to be utterly perverse and inhumane."

Ian McEwan, author.

"I think Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives."

Judge Anthony Halpin.

"Would I work for Newstalk? If the money was right I'd die for Portugal, but would there be room for Pat Kenny and I on the same station? I doubt it – so Pat would have to go."

Gay Byrne's light-hearted take on his broadcasting future.

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