This Week They Said


There is no resiling and going back from a formal decision made by the leaders of the 27 countries of the European Union. – Taoiseach Enda Kenny insists a June deal to ease our bank debt must stand.

He set the tone early on . . . around 1999. – Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody on the achievement of star player Henry Shefflin in winning a ninth All-Ireland hurling medal.

A vote this close couldn’t even have been considered some years back. - Equal Marriage NI campaigner Gavin Boyd after a motion to introduce same-sex marriage is only narrowly defeated in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

One and one makes two, and two and two makes four, but four by four makes 16, and not four and four, which makes eight, and so it is with this. It is a logistical logarithmic progression. There is nothing simple about it. - Minister for Health James Reilly in the Dáil explaining the criteria used to select the locations for primary care centres.

Can we get that in writing? - Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley’s response.

I do believe in that spirit. That spirit of one nation. One nation: a country where everyone has a stake. One nation: a country where prosperity is fairly shared. One nation: where we have a shared destiny, a sense of shared endeavour and a common life that we lead together. - British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband summons the spirit of Benjamin Disraeli in his keynote address to the party’s annual conference, delivered without a script.

You said you get a deduction for getting a plant overseas. Look, I’ve been in business for 25 years. I have no idea what you’re talking about. - Republican candidate Mitt Romney in one of several put-downs to Barack Obama in the first televised debate of the election.

The question is, does anybody out there think that the big problem we had is that there was too much oversight and regulation of Wall Street? Because if you do, then Governor Romney is your candidate. - President Obama in the same debate.

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