This week they said

Sat, May 5, 2012, 01:00

I was part of an unhelpful culture of deference and silence in society and the church, which thankfully is now a thing of the past.– Cardinal Seán Brady dealing with the fallout from a BBC documentary on his role in a 1975 investigation into allegations against child abuser Fr Brendan Smyth.

It is my own personal view that anybody who did not deal with the scale of the abuse we have seen in this case should not hold a position of authority. –Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, speaking in the Dáil, suggests the cardinal should step down.

For the good of the church, I’m afraid I am of the opinion that I think he should resign. –Professor emeritus of moral theology at St Patrick’s College Maynooth Fr Vincent Twomey echoes calls for the cardinal to go.

You guys are treating me as a criminal and want rid of me at all costs. I should not be here.– Bankrupt businessman Seán Quinn gives Irish Bank Resolution Corporation senior counsel Paul Gallagher a piece of his mind in the High Court.

Mick sent me nowhere. I told him where to go.– Roy Keane on that bust-up in Saipan a decade ago.

I am advising people to vote against.– Fianna Fáil former deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív on the fiscal treaty.

We’re not going to do anything that distracts from the campaign. – A Fianna Fáil spokesman on being asked if disciplinary action would be taken against Ó Cuív over his continued defiance of the party line.