This Week They Said


I think it would be in the interests of the country if we had a second Croke Park agreement . . . people shouldn’t ignore this fact: that the Croke Park agreement has given us the flexibility . . . to do a lot of radical restructuring in the public sector.– Minister of State for Finance Brian Hayes

If I don’t claim it, when all the others do, I am at a disadvantage.– Independent TD Mick Wallace, whose construction firm made a settlement with Revenue for under-payment of VAT this year, defends his decision to claim a €41,000 Dáil “leader’s allowance”

I wish to clarify that I have absolutely not made a decision regarding my participation in the next Olympics.– World No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy following publication of a newspaper interview quoting him as saying he had “always felt more British than Irish”

On the IMF advice that should be 0.5 per cent of the value, which would bring in about €1 billion, I would not propose to the Government at that level. I think it’s too high.– Minister for Finance Michael Noonan

In one instance in the first half, [Kilkenny’s] Henry [Shefflin] ran 30 or 40 yards down the field and was giving out to [referee] Barry Kelly and [Galway player] Damien Hayes for a free. That’s not sportsmanlike . . .– Galway hurler Joe Canning adds some spice to the mix ahead of the All-Ireland hurling final replay

Disgusting and reprehensible.– US secretary of state Hillary Clinton on US-made film denigrating the prophet Muhammad that has sparked protests across the Muslim world

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