QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“We are not making any contingency plans for a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. But we do have to have regard for the fact that we could see an increase in smuggling and other illegal cross-border activities.” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
“If a hard Brexit generates sharp movements in asset prices and in the sterling-euro exchange rate or is associated with a significant macroeconomic downturn in the UK, the balance sheets of financial firms with exposures to the UK will be affected.” Central Bank of Ireland Governor Philip Lane
“If the vote is not supported, then we will see more division and more uncertainty for people. I believe that as a country; we can really prosper outside the EU. I believe there will be opportunities for us outside the EU that there aren’t as a member of the EU. But a divided country is not a country that prospers.” British Prime Minister Theresa May on the Commons Brexit vote.
“Stupidity is on the march everywhere.” Author Philip Reeve.
“He will be remembered for his long life of public service to the people of the United States and as a president who led his country at a period of significant change at national and global level, between the end of the 1980s and mid1990s — a period of deep challenges to the multilateral institutions.” President Michael D Higgins pays tribute to former US president George HW Bush.
“I would have loved to do it. The jungle can’t be worse than West Belfast.” DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr still turned down an invitation to appear on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
“I’ve been told I’m a Christian goody two-shoes and stuff like that, I tried to live as honourable a life as possible. I thought this could ruin everything I’ve tried to do.” Cliff Richard on sexual assault allegations which were never pursued and did not lead to charges.
“I was a ball of mess, crying. Dance has given me everything I know about myself and my confidence, and when that was taken away from me, I felt kind of lost. It was only when I retired from ballet that I realised just how crucial dancing was to me.” Darcey Bussell, now a judge on Strictly Come Dancing ,on when she retired from ballet.
“I am so humbled by this recognition. You know how to make a short, bald-headed, bow-legged, 85-year-old grin like a fox eating sauerkraut.” Quincy Jones after being honoured by Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre.
“I think it is difficult to talk about political things when music has been completely devalued and basically your money is coming from branding.” Singer Lily Allen.
“I wanted to save her life.” Scott Lowe (8) on donating bone marrow for cousin Grace (6) who has leukemia.