This Week They Said


I don’t know if you can hear me, but I have heard you. I heard your willingness to change. Your force, your hope . . . and I want to tell you how grateful I am. Thank you, thank you, thank you people of France. – France’s president-elect François Hollande addresses supporters in Paris’s Place de la Bastille following his election victory over Nicolas Sarkozy.

I bear the full responsibility for this defeat. – Sarkozy tells his supporters he has no one to blame but himself.

I regret very much that they weren’t, and obviously if we were in the same situation now we would insist they be informed. – Cardinal Seán Brady accepts that the parents of children he knew in 1975 had been abused by the paedophile priest Brendan Smyth should have been told.

May God be on his side and may he be like Schillaci. – Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni on his high hopes for James McClean in Euro 2012.

This was four and a half minutes of a particular programme that did serious wrong to a citizen and it can’t be allowed to happen again, but the reputation of RTÉ in public affairs and news down the years has to stand for something. – Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte after his meeting with the RTÉ board over the libelling of Fr Kevin Reynolds.