This Week They Said


I am totally confident that Ireland is on track . No problem at all. I am confident 100 per cent. – Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble during a visit to Dublin on Monday

I have three computers in my office and I do not require any further devices. I will not be availing of the provision of a tablet device. I suggest that any member of the Oireachtas who requires a tablet would buy their own. – Labour TD Eamonn Maloney, responding to a plan to provide TDs and Senators with free tablet devices, in a letter to Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett

Hatred is a word that has dropped from our discourse. We have become accustomed to talking of sectarianism but is it not hatred by another name? – President Michael D Higgins delivering the annual British Council lecture, at Queen’s University, Belfast

The puppet is going to the old jokes home. – Darren Smith of Kite Entertainment on the decision to remove the puppet depicting banker Sean FitzPatrick from the forthcoming show Anglo: The Musical, for legal reasons

What Sandy did was make a left turn and then a beeline for New Jersey, instead of running parallel to the coast, like Irene did. – U S meteorologist Gary Szatkowski