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Quotes of the week


Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese

A look back at the past week in quotes.

"Within hours of the most appalling tragedy of the history of the J-1 visa programme, when the one salient to speak for itself is the ludicrous collapse of a fourth-floor balcony in a relatively new building, New York Times journalists reached for the lazy tabloid stereotype and heaped deliberate injustice on top of the most awful grief."

- Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland.

"The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth."

- Pope Francis.

"Jeb is different from George. Jeb is who he is and his life story is different."

- Jeb Bush, seeking to be the third member of his family to become US president.

"I am really rich. All of my life I have heard a truly successful, and even a modestly successful person, cannot run for public office - just can't happen. Yet that's the kind of mindset you need to make this country great again."

- Donald Trump, billionaire, announcing he will run for US president.

"It is important, historically, to look at a different perspective on (1916). This was in the middle of a world war. That legally makes it treason... Plainly they were not terrorists or anything like terrorists, they were traitors."

- Senator David Norris.

"I still feel an ambiguity, particularly among people from a Fine Gael background, about 1916. It relates to the pride in relation to those who took part in it, and the slight worry about the connection with the violence of 1916 and what happened in Northern Ireland."

- Olivia O'Leary, journalist and broadcaster.

"Commemoration has always been about exclusion - there are people controlling the narrative, and there are people who are squeezed out."

- Diarmaid Ferriter, historian.

"I've seen it over the years, the more intellectual they are, the more work they don't want to do. You have to do both, you have to be able to put in the graft."

- Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach, on the late Brian Lenihan.

"At times, I get very lonely because people are afraid to talk to me or don't wait for me to write a response. I'm shy and tongue-tied at times. I find it difficult to talk to people who I don't know."

- Stephen Hawking, renowned physicist.

"More than 40 new inter-continental ballistic missiles, able to overcome even the most advanced anti-missile defence systems, will be added to the make-up of the nuclear arsenal this year."

- Vladimir Putin, Russian President.

"The feeling is that our colleagues from Nato countries are pushing us into an arms race."

- Anatoly Antonov, Russian Defence Minister.

"It's outrageous. It's ridiculous. And 'twas ever thus. We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It's so annoying."

- Dame Helen Mirren, actress.

"When men come home, it is more about being part of the family, being with the children, spending more time with the children, being a strong role model. But I think going as far as cooking and putting the apron on, that takes away the masculinity, and I would miss that."

- Penny Lancaster, wife of Rod Stewart.

Sunday Independent