Monday 22 July 2019

"Look at what's happened in Syria with the growth of ISIS. Purely from the historical point of view, they want to blow up Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel, and they want children shooting each other in the head. This is horrendous."

"Look at what's happened in Syria with the growth of ISIS. Purely from the historical point of view, they want to blow up Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel, and they want children shooting each other in the head. This is horrendous."

Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach.

"I've rarely held such an innermost conviction that this is a task that will decide whether Europe is accepted as a continent of values. On this issue, where the whole world's eyes are upon us, we can't just say Syria is too far away, we won't deal with it."

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor. "Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedies of the refugees from Syria and Africa. However, Israel is a small country - a very small country. We do not have demographic or geographic depth and we must therefore control our borders to prevent both the entry of illegal migrants seeking work and perpetrators of terrorism."

Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister.

"I appeal to the parishes, the religious communities and sanctuaries of all Europe to …take in one family of refugees."

Pope Francis.

"I think we can send a message and say, 'You want to be in America? A, you better be here legally or you're out. And B, when you're here, let's speak American. I mean, English.'"

Sarah Palin, one-time US vice-presidential candidate.

"Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia are safe countries. If you are trying to escape them, you are doing it because you want European social welfare benefits and a house."

Geert Wilders, Dutch Freedom Party leader, sending a message to refugees.

"I don't think sexual assault is a gender issue as such. It's very much all around us now. It's provoked by this pornography culture, it's provoked by pop stars who call themselves feminists. Maybe they're feminists on behalf of prostitutes, but they are no feminists on behalf of music if they are selling their music by bumping and grinding and wearing their underwear in videos. That's a kind of feminism, but you know you're a sex worker, that's what you are.

Chrissie Hynde, singer.

"I sometimes find it difficult to convey how utterly boring trade negotiations are...unfortunately, those who now follow trade negotiations are discovering just how boring they are...and they are convinced that we are hiding something from them, because there must be something more exciting going on."

David O'Sullivan, EU ambassador to the US.

"I'm so sorry I wasn't born with matching DNA to my children...it never once crossed my mind not to love you as much because we didn't share our genetics."

Molly Martens to her two step children, in the death of whose father, Irishman Jason Corbett, she is a "person of interest."

"Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman and I'm not supposed to say bad things. But really folks, come on, are we serious?"

Donald Trump on fellow Republican Party US presidential contender Carly Fiorina.

"I can confirm to this committee he said it. He did not say an economic bomb would go off in Dublin, he said a bomb would go off."

Michael Noonan on Jean-Claude Trichet's warning not to burn bondholders.

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