This Week They Said


I want to apologise and say sorry to all the people who expected more from me, I want to apologise to the members of this Dáil for bringing any dishonour on a profession which hardly needed it, I want to especially apologise to the people of Wexford . . .– Mick Wallace TD in a personal statement on his tax affairs to the Dáil on Thursday.

He’s gutted, gutted. It just means everything to him. His heart and soul is in the Dáil. He loves it: I don’t think he’ll give up.– Mick Wallace’s sister Chrissie Harper responding on Monday to speculation that he might resign his Dáil seat.

I have worked long and hard to try to reduce my debts and I am devastated that it came to this conclusion. – Westlife singer Shane Filan on being forced into bankruptcy in Britain because of his property development debts.

Managers haven’t embraced reform as enthusiastically as I would have liked . . . I want people to go further.– Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin on publication of the latest report on implementation of the Croke Park agreement.

I didn’t have any anger or any bitterness about what happened. I basically had that gift of forgiveness. – Richard Moore, founder of the Children in Crossfire charity who was blinded as a child by a rubber bullet in Derry, speaking at the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

So something has changed between the qualifying campaign and the tournament. Something has changed – fear or tension has meant we made mistakes that we didn’t make at all. We can see here the weight on the players’ shoulders. I am very sad for the fans. They cheered us through the most difficult part of the game and I am really thankful for that.– Irish soccer manager Giovanni Trapattoni after his team’s Euro 2012 defeat by Spain.

Our candidates spent many hours learning about solving trigonomic equations, the sin/ cos rule, permutations and combinations, periodic graphs and none of these was touched. This exam in no way assessed what candidates learned.– Maths teacher Brendan Gildea reacts negatively to Monday’s higher-level Leaving Cert exam.