This Week They Said


Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves) -The armed wing of Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, reacts to the assassination of its commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, also via Twitter.

I feel so proud and humbled to join so many fabulous names in Europe who have won the Order of Merit . . . A lot of hard work went into this and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved in 2012- Rory McIlroy after it was confirmed he had won this year’s Race to Dubai as the leading money winner in Europe. He also topped the US money list.

But the world is full of annoyances. If we killed all of our annoyances, there would be nobody left- Anti-virus software founder John McAfee reacts to accusations that he is suspected of murdering a neighbour in Belize, in an interview with the Associated Press. The millionaire is currently in hiding.

Imposing a discriminatory tax on certain food and drink products would have no health benefits- Ibec reacts to the news that a sugar tax may be included in the budget. It’s not keen.

It reflects the esteem in which Ireland is held as a UN member and as a fearless champion of the values which underpin the UN- Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore reacts to Ireland’s election to the UN Human Rights Council for the first time.

The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas Islamic Jihad targets- The Israeli defence forces announces the start of its attack on Hamas, via Twitter.