This Week They Said


We see no need for movement at the moment. – Martin Kotthaus, spokesman for Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, dismisses any immediate prospect of a deal on Ireland’s bank debt in spite of Yes vote in fiscal treaty referendum.

I said it three days ago and I still have the same opinion. – Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni insists he has not changed his mind about Ireland’s team for its opening Euro 2012 match against Croatia tomorrow, following an unconvincing performance against Hungary.

He’s got a good record. He’s made the best of a very challenging situation. He deserves to be re-elected. And he has a pretty good secretary of state too. – Bill Clinton talks up Barack Obama – and his wife Hillary too.

It was the day that my wife was murdered, that her life was ended and my life was ended. Everything was finished on that day; everything was destroyed. – John McAreavey giving evidence in the trial in Mauritius of two men charged with murdering his wife, Michaela, on their honeymoon.

Who’s fit to be a public representative? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I tried to be as honest as I could. – Independent TD Mick Wallace following his revelation that he knowingly made a false VAT declaration to Revenue, leading to a €2.1 million settlement for underpayment of VAT.

Today’s news reports of another massacre . . . are shocking and sickening. A village apparently surrounded by Syrian forces. The bodies of innocent civilians lying where they were shot. Some allegedly burned or slashed with knives. – UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on the latest reported massacre, at Mazraat al-Qubeir, by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.