This Week They Said
I was never so nervous before a match in my life. I even lost all my notes. I had to bluff away before the match. The players didn’t know what I was saying. – Eamonn Ryan, manager of the Cork women’s senior football team, moments after they had won their seventh All-Ireland final in eight years.
The political timeline is to get a new arrangement on the promissory note by March, when the next tranche of money has to be paid, a €3 billion which is very onerous.
– Minister for Finance Michael Noonan downplays the prospect of an imminent deal to ease Ireland’s banking debt.
I have no problem with it at all . . . I’m just thrilled anyone wants to get married at all.
– Former president Mary McAleese expresses support for gay marriage.
Mick Wallace needs to wake up and realise he is in the Oireachtas now. As far as I’m concerned that’s a privilege and an honour.
– Independent TD Finian McGrath after Wallace, a Dáil deputy for Wexford, revealed in a radio interview that he had once spoken to a “hitman” about recovering a debt of £20,000 owed to him by a contractor. He said he had never intended to hire the gunman.
Today we’ve shown that Venezuela’s democracy is one of the best democracies in the world, and we will continue to show it.
– Hugo Chávez after voters in Venezuela’s presidential election give him a mandate to continue his “Bolivarian revolution”.