Thursday 22 August 2019

Quotes of the week

"Ian Paisley walked down to my mother's and father's graves. He knew they were in the republican plot, and he stood over them and said a prayer - I thought that was some twist to the guy."

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern remembers visiting Glasnevin Cemetery with the Rev Ian Paisley.

"The motivation to keep the bank open is irrelevant. This was grossly reprehensible behaviour and it does not provide any excuse for fraud and dishonesty." Judge Karen O'Connor on sentencing David Drumm to six years for his part in a €7.2bn plot to defraud the markets.

"This area of high pressure sitting over the country has given us no indication that it is going to leave." A spokeswoman for Met Eireann on the heatwave that promises highs of 27C.

"I'm used to bigger balls." Jean-Claude Juncker at Croke Park on being shown a GAA football. Amid laughter, a puzzled Mr Juncker added: "That was not a joke."

"I can't see many advantages to having a partner, truthfully. But if a Clark Gable came along, now there's a possibility."

Best-selling author Lynda La Plante.

"Right now, eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans every year. But you, by your responses, have shown that if we start doing those small steps that are easily achievable, we can before long really have an effect."

TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough thanking viewers of his plastic pollution programme Blue Planet II for their response.

"People will not tolerate a bog roll Brexit that is soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long."

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

"To see this defeatist attitude towards Brexit is a bit sorrowing for me when I read nothing in the papers about anybody having a positive attitude towards Brexit or towards the future. Don't be pessimistic. Have faith."

US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson.

"Italian ports are no longer at the disposal of traffickers. Open the Maltese ports. Open the French ports. Foreign charity boats will never touch Italian soil again."

Matteo Salvini, deputy Italian prime minister, banning a rescue vessel carrying 224 asylum seekers from docking at any Italian port.

"I do. It's been looming. Yes, I'm more content. Some things have started to make sense. I mean, you accept it or you don't. And I think the best way to accept it is with open arms."

Singer Kylie Minogue when asked if she felt different after reaching the age of 50.

"I am absolutely hopeless when I am handed a menu in a restaurant. I go directly to the kiddies' meals. If I find baked beans then the night is a huge success. If you ever bring me out to dinner, it is important that you also bring a toaster."

Vegetarian singer Morrissey.

"The elite! Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment than they do. I'm smarter than they are. I'm richer than they are. I became president and they didn't."

US President Donald Trump on his opponents.

Sunday Independent

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