Sunday 8 December 2019

Quotes of the week

"We don't know Eamon Gilmore from Bozo the Clown."

Paul Jurgensen, former president of the Hibernian Society of Savannah, Georgia, on the Tanaiste's refusal to attend a men-only St Patrick's Day dinner in the US.

"I was never going to be part of the Government. An awful lot of people had been waiting an awful lot of time to get into government and they weren't going to let someone like me come along and get a particular role . . . I was led to believe I would have an involvement in economic policy formulation. There was none of it, absolutely none of it."

George Lee, RTE presenter and former Fine Gael TD.

"We still all support the party. We still all support Fianna Fail. I don't think much of the leader, I think you all know that. I'm not going to say anything nice about him. The party is doing fairly brutal . . . that's the hard reality."

Bertie Ahern, former Taoise-ach, addressing FF canvassers.

"They kick conformity into children. Teachers are just bullies and schools are a waste of time. They're an ancient Greek idea that the Victorians borrowed to get kids off the street. It's fundamentally wrong."

Terry Deary, author of the Horrible Histories books.

"The Temple Bar area of Dublin is a prime example of the rampant fleecing of drunken tourists that should be avoided at all costs. Seek out a pub literally anywhere else in Dublin for a better experience."

US website, The Huffington Post.

"You've got to make a movie about Mao, about the Cultural Revolution. You do that, you open up, you stir the waters and you allow true creativity to emerge in this country. You have to protect the country against separatist movements. I can understand not doing that subject. But not your history for Christ's sake."

Oliver Stone, movie director, in China.

"I used to judge someone's talent by the amount of flesh they reveal. The more they show, the less talent they have in order to get attention. But now you get really talented women showing an awful lot. It doesn't make any sense. I think it's nice to keep a bit of mystery and dignity. I don't see why women have to get naked to sell an album. It's crazy."

Imelda May, singer.

"So many women are obsessed with their age and how they look. I just think: 'Sorry love, but you've obviously got too much time on your hands.' Thanks to mum and dad, my self-worth is not tied up with how old I am or how much I weigh."

Helen McCrory, actress and wife of Homeland's Damien Lewis.

"Any woman of my age would say that you feel invisible as women. You're ignored because you're not old and kooky. And you're not young and sexy. You fall right in the middle of two stools."

Amanda Redman, 56, actress.

"We're not going to get equality in the workplace until we get equality in the home."

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO and author.

"I am not of that faith and therefore don't have the same desire . . . but I would defend the right of others to meet their spiritual leader. The one thing you wouldn't be doing is offending any section of our community that would have a strong adherence to the Pope."

Peter Robinson, NI first minister, on a possible visit by Pope Francis.

"It's live every week and if I made a mistake with the autocue it's big news 'Oh he's 86 years old and past it'. I was getting all that. Who needs it? It's better for me physically. I'll be able to spend more time with my wife and family."

Bruce Forsyth, TV presenter, on giving up Strictly Come Dancing.

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