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Monday 11 December 2017

Quotes of the week

Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer

"This is not personal at all, but if this party is to survive, there needs to be a change of leadership. I'm doing this for Labour... We're getting hammered on the doorsteps and yet Eamon Gilmore adopts a low-profile approach. It is the inertia of this present leadership that will be the nail in our coffin."

Phil Prendergast, Labour MEP.

"Children like competing. They don't suffer an emotional crippling for life if they come second or third in the egg and spoon race. My own impression is that children find a variety of organised sports exciting and, except for a few, take the ups and downs of success and failure well."

Sir Roger Bannister, who broke the four-minute mile in 1954.

"Men are now more aware of women because women keep pushing themselves in. Nowadays women expect to share men's lives, they want to do the same work, play the same games, have the same social life and I think it's driving men nuts. And the result would seem to me to be that men are even less tolerant of women than they were before."

Germaine Greer, author and broadcaster.

"I am very f**king annoyed. This proves the Catholic Church still has a hold over us. These processes the Catholic Church has of trying to dislocate the body from the brain has made a lot of priests very sick. We all know they turned their sexuality into disgusting areas."

David McSavage, comedian, after RTE censored his sketch about nuns.

"Before I sit my Leaving Cert in June I'll already have lost my mother Frances to suicide, my father and uncle were both shot dead and my cousin and good friend Glen to suicide."

Conor McNally, cousin of Glen Murphy, whose body was found in a Dublin canal.

"It makes me sick to the stomach that that man has been canonised. He's far from being a saint. It's the little innocent children who were raped and beaten by the church that should be made saints."

Michael O'Brien, survivor of clerical child sex abuse, on the canonisation of Pope John Paul II.

"I wandered around the hospital until I came across an old disused bathroom which had the critically important attributes of a door and a lock. I recruited some friends of my father and together we painted and organised the office and effectively requisitioned it. I remain there today."

Professor Trevor Duffy, incoming president of the Irish Medical Organisation, on how he got his consultant's office in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown.

"I was a mess because I can't enjoy the thing that our band is good at and I can't enjoy the great things around me. I'm burdened by this. I've got to not blame anyone and make changes."

Chris Martin, singer, on his contribution to the breakdown of his marriage to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

"On Monday I got hearing aids, on Tuesday I got pills for heartburn, which I have to take every day. And on the Wednesday I got the news that I had prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease."

Billy Connolly, comedian.

"The roads have been used for more than 100 years; it was my role to articulate those concerns. I did the right thing. My conscience is clear and I would do it all again."

Joe Leonard, Sligo Fine Gael councillor, whose motion on claimed rights of way at Lissadell House has left the council with a bill of up to €10m.

"I heard rumours but I never saw anything untoward happen. And his unforgivable behaviour has now tainted that whole era, which was actually pretty wonderful, and it's a disgrace he's not here to face the consequences of the terrible things he did."

Tony Blackburn, former BBC DJ, on Jimmy Savile.

Sunday Independent

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