Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Comment -

Con­sis­tently op­posed to the use of vi­o­lence, Liam Cos­grave was a coura­geous voice against ter­ror­ism, and pro­tected the State in times of cri­sis. Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar pays trib­ute to the man who led Fine Gael and the coun­try in the dif­fi­cult 1970s.

He will be a hard act to re­place. Ryanair’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael O’Leary on chief oper­a­tions of­fi­cer Michael Hickey’s de­par­ture.

Now what the coun­try needs is calm lead­er­ship, and that’s what I am pro­vid­ing with the full sup­port of my Cab­i­net. Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May stands de­fi­ant.

I found it ex­cru­ci­at­ing and I re­ally did feel for her. I made the big­gest gaffe in cor­po­rate his­tory. I hold up my hands: it’s com­pletely my own fault. It was a stupid thing to say. I re­acted by turn­ing that mas­sive nega­tive into a pos­i­tive. I used that no­to­ri­ety to good ef­fect. No pub­lic­ity is bad pub­lic­ity. Ger­ald Ratner, vic­tim of his own joke about the value of the jew­ellery he sold, sym­pa­thises with Theresa May’s calami­tous speech.

Our souls are stricken with grief for every Amer­i­can who lost a hus­band or a wife, a mother or a fa­ther, a son or a daugh­ter. We know that your sor­row feels end­less. We stand to­gether to help you carry your pain. You are not alone. We will never leave your side. US President Don­ald Trump dur­ing his visit to Las Ve­gas af­ter the gun mas­sacre.

This might look like I’m show­ing off... I am. I’m pretty chuffed, hav­ing thought I would be in one­pieces af­ter 40. TV’s Dav­ina McCall in a thong bikini at the age of 50.

Many peo­ple think I’m the world’s great­est broad­caster be­cause they think I’m Sir David At­ten­bor­ough. John Simp­son, the BBC’s world af­fairs re­porter.

I have not been drawn to do Trump sim­ply be­cause to get an im­pres­sion right you have to lis­ten end­lessly to that per­son and I can­not bring my­self to lis­ten to that aw­ful man for a sec­ond longer than I have to. Call me a cow­ard, if you will. Im­pres­sion­ist Alis­tair McGowan on why he is un­likely to take off Trump.

I want to hold on to be­ing a funky, slightly out there rock and roll chick, not that I ever was that, I just want to hold on to it. Ac­tress Emma Thomp­son.

I miss hav­ing cold feet all the time. Some­one only has to say the word ‘Ken­ning­ton’ and I well up. If you asked me to go to London just to pick up a postage stamp and bring it back, I’d gladly hop on a plane. Ac­tress Emily Mor­timer is home­sick for Eng­land.

I don’t have time to die. Great Bri­tish Bake Off judge Prue Leith.

I don’t know why peo­ple bother in­ter­view­ing ac­tors. We’re just paid to stand here, look there and read out the lines. Kristin Scott Thomas

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