Saturday 24 August 2019

"We cannot receive more refugees in Europe. Do you think France or Belgium will receive more refugees today? No. No. No. For me things are very clear. The solutions are over there (in the Middle East)."

"We cannot receive more refugees in Europe. Do you think France or Belgium will receive more refugees today? No. No. No. For me things are very clear. The solutions are over there (in the Middle East)."

Manuel Valls, French Prime Minister.

"I cannot bear and will not accept an amalgamation of the topics of refugees and terrorism in the wake of the atrocious attacks in Paris. The cynics who exploit the suffering of Paris have not understood that those who perpetrated the attacks are precisely those who the refugees are trying to flee."

Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president.

"If we won't act now, when our friend and ally France has been struck in this way, then our friends and allies can be forgiven for asking: if not now, when?"

David Cameron, UK PM, asking his parliament to back airstrikes against Isil.

"I think that the Government has failed in identifying partners within the Muslim community and working with those within the community who are trying to prevent radicalisation here. We've had other European governments that are interested in our work but the Irish Government hasn't even tried to contact us, which is shocking."

Dr Umar Al-Qadri, head of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council.

"I have no idea why I was offered a contract with a bonus in it because…I will not work any harder or any less hard in any year, in any day because someone is going to pay me more or less."

John Cryan, co-Chief executive, Deutsche Bank.

"I'm very keen on the family getting together around the table because you learn so much of what's going on. With a full tummy, they begin to talk to you."

Mary Berry, television cook.

"If you walk around wearing mini-skirts displaying your thighs and inviting men to drool over you, then you want to complain when you are raped? That is unfortunate because it will be your fault."

Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first lady.

"It starts the minute we get up with Morning Ireland's non-stop negativity, continues through the afternoon with the chief conductor of the Crying Game, Joe Duffy, and is relentless across all the station's news bulletins."

Senator John Whelan, Labour.

"My race is nearly run; advancing years and failing health bring with them a sense of mortality and counsel me that in time - though I hope not too soon - I must pass beyond the reach of earthly powers."

Peter Robinson, NI First Minister.

"There aren't an awful lot of reasons for going into a post office at present, especially if you have a mobile phone and a keyboard at home. So things that were central to the village and the town are now around the margins."

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance.

"We didn't have black people, we had working class. When I started I was the 'black' actor. I should have been a fish market porter. For 300 years that's what my family had been. I've always said Cockneys were the blacks in England."

Michael Caine, actor.

"I am naturally ugly. He is not. He is ugly only when he opens his mouth."

William Masvinue, reigning 'Mr Ugly'" in Zimbabwe, after he lost his title.

Sunday Independent

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