This Week They Said


Quotes of the week from Ireland and around the world

The game is over. My work now is peace.

Mohammed al-Douri, Iraq's UN ambassador goes into exile in Paris

We shoot them down like the morons they are.

US Brig Gen John Kelly on the irregulars resisting in Baghdad

I think I got a bit of shrapnel in the leg. I thought he was going to stop me from making my report, but he's one of the US special forces medics.

John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor, declines help after he is injured in a friendly fire incident

His image put up more resistance than he did.

The left-wing Beirut newspaper, al-Safir, on the toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad

Every single item that we take is the blood of the people.

Baghdad teenager joins the mobs looting the Iraqi capital

Whether they're Sunni or Shia, the wealthy are going to be sorry for the departure of Saddam.

Abdul Karim, a Sunni civil engineer

It is up to the United Nations - and it alone - to take on the political, economic, humanitarian and administrative reconstruction of Iraq.

French President Jacques Chirac hints at further tensions with the Bush administration over post-war Iraq

The return of British bodies has been given full-scale TV coverage. But Iraqi soldiers? They're just dead.

Writer Julian Barnes on the war

These are men who have committed to an agreement that the Prime Minister and Taoiseach have worked for a long time to achieve.They have signed on to a process that will yield peace. They have agreed to put hatreds in the past. They have agreed to say that history is just that, history, and they look forward to a future in which generations of young Northern Irelanders can grow up in peace.

President Bush says Sinn Féin cannot be compared to Islamic terrorists

We do need certainties. We do need clarities. We do need trust and confidence in the ability of people to work together with the two governments and to move forward in a peaceful environment.

The Taoiseach as Northern peace talks stall this week

For the very first time, following huge public and media pressure, the Catholic Church has finally acknowledged what many in Irish society had believed for a number of years: that the church authorities were negligent in how they handled and responded to cases of clerical sexual abuse and that such negligence had led to the abuse of more and more children.

Clerical abuse victim Colm O'Gorman receives a belated apology and financial compensation from the Catholic Church

No matter how one measures growth prospects this year, the Irish economy will do better than that of any of our major trading partners in Europe.

Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy, remains bullish over the economy's prospects