This week they said

Sat, May 19, 2012, 01:00

I suppose we will have to say that we will need access to this fund and I think Ireland will be looking to say can we vote again, because we will need access to this fund.– Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton raises the prospect of a rerun of the fiscal treaty referendum in the event of a No vote.

I’m retracting what I said... Government has made it clear that there will be no second vote and I just want to clarify that.– Bruton rules out the possibility of a rerun of the fiscal treaty referendum in the event of a No vote.

You could do with a day’s work, I’d say.– Enda Kenny’s response to anti-household charge activist Gordon Hudson who had advised the Taoiseach, who was canvassing in Athlone, to “take the bridge, head west and stay there”.

We have always resisted the idea of boycotts in relation to Israel. But I think a distinction has to be drawn here between Israel and the settlements.– Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore suggesting Ireland may push for the EU to ban goods from Israeli settlements if Israel does not quickly change its settlements policy in Palestinian territories.

It is the job of the novelist to write things people don’t want to read and to go places where other people don’t want to go.– Novelist Gerard Donovan rejects a call from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign that he participate in its “cultural boycott” of Israel.

You are an ignorant buffoon.– Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to Luke “Ming” Flanagan after the Independent TD compared the laws on illegal turf-cutting with those of Nazi Germany.

The gravest editorial crisis that RTÉ has experienced in a generation, and perhaps since the establishment of television 50 years ago.– RTÉ chairman Tom Savage on the fall-out from the libelling of Fr Kevin Reynolds.