Friday 13 December 2019

Government is about making decisions, about making changes that impact on people's lives, and the country, for their betterment. And what we have to do in the Health area is to move to what government policy is.

Government is about making decisions, about making changes that impact on people's lives, and the country, for their betterment. And what we have to do in the Health area is to move to what government policy is.

Enda Kenny, criticising Leo Vardaker, Health Minister.

I said I don't mind being slapped down or scolded. I'm a big boy and I'm willing to take an amount of criticism from time to time. (But) I'm the Minister for Health. I believe I have a responsibility to defend health services and I'm going to continue to do that.

Leo Varadkar, Health Minister.

The big problem teenagers are facing is the impact of social media in all forms, as it seems like it has a heavy negative influence on them. Social media sites feed narcissistic behaviour and the need to be popular and they are being bombarded with half-truths and some facts. It creates addictive natures as teens become dependent on their phones, which has the effect of breaking strong communication and relationships with friends and family.

Jo Frost, parenting expert known as "Supernanny."

Many employers complain that far too many young people looking for work have not been taught the skills, attitudes and behaviours they need to be successful in the world of work…This means that they have a sloppy attitude to punctuality. It means they are far too relaxed in meeting deadlines to produce work. It means far too many young people are lackadaisical in the way they present themselves for work.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of Ofsted, The British education authority.

(We must) continue and increase our efforts to understand and to assist, especially young males, to communicate the darkness that seems to be increasingly troubling young minds and hearts.

Fr Tom Naughton at the funeral of the three O'Driscoll brothers who died tragically.

What I am going through at the moment is not pleasant. (Should) I go and cry about my fate in front of the French people and snivel? I'm not a rabble-rouser or an actor. The French expect something else from me. They want results. My personal anguish doesn't interest them.

Francois Hollande, French President, on the tell-all book by his ex-lover.

I proudly tell people I have no computer so as not to be ashamed of having no computer. I have two garden parties a year to avoid going out to dinner.

Sir Tom Stoppard, playwright.

If I'm yelling it's because you didn't listen to me when I said it nicely. I look at the Curia and I don't know too many of them who have been through equal opportunity training.

Mary McAleese, former President, on the Catholic Church.

If I can't name who they are, the public definitely can't.Mary Hanafin, former Education Minister, on the Fianna Fail front bench.

The ECB is taking enormous risks on to its balance sheet with the purchase of ABS (asset-backed securities) - of whatever quality - and is turning itself into a European bad bank.

Jurgen Stark, former ECB chief economist.

It is transparently untenable for the Assembly and Executive to be sustainable while carrying the cost burden flowing from a failure to follow the national government's welfare reform changes.

Peter Robinson, NI First Minister.

When you scratch the surface, I don't think there's a lot to convince me, or more importantly, the electorate, they are genuinely, unanimously, a party of the left. Ged Nash, junior Business Minister, on Sinn Fein.

Sunday Independent

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