Monday 14 October 2019

Quotes of the week

"We are a tiny little country, we don't have scale, and our version of scale is to be innovative and to be clever, and tax competitiveness has brought our country the only prosperity we have known. That's how we get these companies here . . . We don't have natural resources, we have to be able to attract people."


Tourism? Music? Literature? Farm produce? Wind and wave power? We have no resources - hyperbolic bollocks from Bono.

Mike Scott of the Waterboys, responding to Bono.

"I liked her courage in agreeing to meet with me. I liked the engagement that I've had with her. There's nothing I have seen in my engagements with her that this is someone I should dislike, I like her. I know who Queen Elizabeth represents. I know she's the head of the British State. I know she has all sorts of titles in relation to the British Army. She knows my history. She knows I was a member of the IRA. She knows I was in conflict with her soldiers, yet both of us were prepared to rise above all that."

Martin McGuinness, NI Deputy First Minister.

"You'd think that the more stations there are, the more varied the output, but the practice is the reverse - the more you get, the more similar they become. And you get genres that become the flavour of the month. I mean, I don't watch any cookery programmes . . . I don't watch quizzes either. I mean, they're perfectly OK. I'm not being snobbish about them, but I've quite a lot to do."

David Attenborough, former controller of BBC Two and renowned naturalist.

"It's a shame that a talented, successful woman expresses herself in such an overtly sexual way. There are some great artists out there, but sometimes we could do with just a bit more dignity. We need female artists to be authentic. Of course, a 20-something woman has feelings and experiences that she wants to express, but you also have to be mindful of your responsibility to young fans. We need to have a bigger conversation about society's obsession with celebrity. It's vulgar and narcissistic and I worry about how it affects young girls."

Melanie Chisholm (Mel C of the Spice Girls) on Rihanna.

"I know people do hate him, I know the wider Travelling community hates him. But I am his mother. I forgive him. I couldn't give a hoot what the whole world would say about my son because I knew him as the boy I reared. God help us, he was wrong. He took the only two people that was near to him and that he loved and that he used to play with and teach things to . . . But it wasn't my Jonathan that took the boys . . . It was just something that snapped and it wasn't Jonathan doing what was done."

Helen O'Driscoll, mother of Jonathan, who killed his two young brothers before taking his own life.

"The Rape Crisis Centre and the tabloids can go after the Director of Public Prosecutions and not me."

Judge Paul Carney anticipating criticism of his decision to grant bail, pending sentence, to a man who pleaded guilty to rape.

"No disrespect to the dolly mixture of Independents that we have in Dail Eireann, trying to get them to agree on anything that finds opposition from any section of the community - they would never do it. It's not a solution to the challenges that confront the country now - and with further fragmentation, it could be very, very difficult to put together a government."

Pat Rabbitte, former Minister for Communications.

"Comfort and complacency dented our civic obligation to question, to demand a proper accounting for the ultimately ruinous decisions taken."

Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman.

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