This Week They Said


It does look like it. I don’t know if it is or not. – Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar on being asked if Cabinet colleague James Reilly’s decision to add two towns in his constituency to a priority list for primary care centres looked like “stroke politics”

The moment the door closes on that bus and I know we are heading home . . . that is going to be the best journey that these boys will ever be on in their life. That is the moment that I am looking forward to. – Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness prepares to lead his players home with the Sam Maguire Cup after their victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final

Will I be the last of the tailors? I don’t know, but it’s been 57 years learning and I am still learning. Twenty years ago they said that there would be no tailors left, and who knows, maybe in another 20 years’ time they’ll be saying the same. – Tailor Denis Darcy of Capel Street, Dublin, regarding retirement

The can take direct responsibility [for] problems that occur under the new supervision, but legacy assets should be under the responsibility of national authorities. – The finance ministers of Germany, the Netherlands and Finland deal a new blow to Ireland’s campaign for bank debt relief

I don’t agree with it. I’m entitled to disagree. – Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan rejects a Fianna Fáil claim that he abused his power in writing a letter to constituents assuring them a named Traveller family would not be moved into their area

It is no longer possible for me to fulfil my role as Minister of State for Primary Care because of lack of support for the reforms in the programme for government and the values which underpin it. – Róisín Shortall on her resignation from office

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