Opinion

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Quotes of the week

"Sergeant Maurice McCabe, and who exemplified hard work in his own calling, was repulsively denigrated for being no more than a good citizen and police officer."

Disclosures tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton.

"A good woman was hounded out of office. She was not afforded due process."

Health Minister Simon Harris says Frances Fitzgerald has been 'vindicated' by the Disclosures tribunal report.

"If I was a cynic, which I am not, I believe this outcome is more about opinion polls than telecoms poles. It is more about optics than fibre optics."

Communications minister Denis Naughten announces his resignation in the Dail.

"They have been actively supporting right-wing political parties and politicians. I don't understand why the press, the political establishment and the public are so reluctant to call out what the Russians have been doing."

Hillary Clinton on the "cyber war" allegedly being mounted by Russia on the West.

"Many people may think that, though the short-term impact of Brexit will be severe, we will swiftly recover. The pain will go on for a long time and will only be reduced by radical measures of deregulation and cost saving."

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair.

"He was a strange dude. He would take a bottle of glue - we didn't have glue sticks in those days - and he would pour the glue on his arm, let it dry, peel it off and then eat it."

Stephen Miller, Trump's former teacher, recalls the US president as a schoolboy.

"I might be the most bullied person in the world."

US First Lady Melania Trump.

"Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem."

Pope Francis on abortion.

"I told him his actions over the past three weeks had led me to believe something inappropriate was going on. He aggressively, and repeatedly, called me a psycho/nuts/mental."

Actress Rebecca Humphries, dumping comedian Seann Walsh because of a shared kiss with his Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones.

"If women want respect in society they must do their part to raise their own value. Stop throwing it away on empty display."

Feminist academic Camille Paglia on singer Ariana Grande's skimpy outfit at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

"You're meant to be thin, but not that thin. You're supposed to go out and have sex, then people say 'No, you're a slut'. You're always too much of something."

Actress Keira Knightley on the difficult messages that go out to young women.

"She has the ability to do a million things at once in her brain."

Jack Brooksbank on his new bride, Britain's Princess Eugenie.

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