“I think a big part of why things are moving forward is the enormous success of civil partnerships. In every county across Ireland, from Donegal to Wexford, people have been publicly entering into civil partnerships, surrounded by their family and friends. This has changed utterly Irish people’s perceptions of gay and lesbian relationships.” -- Tiernan Brady, director of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, on same-sex marriages.
“I would have thought this government would have had enough on their plate to try and sort out the economy without trying to change the whole of society, closing the Vatican, taking religion out of schools.” -- Donegal Town-based pro-life activist, Mary Stewart, on same-sex marriages.
“Over the weekend you will experience generations of music, surf, arts and activities. You will breathe in the massive energy of the sea -- it is live-giving and has given birth to one of the most important lifestyles in Ireland, surfing.” -- President Michael D. Higgins, speaking during his visit last weekend to the Sea Sessions festival in Bundoran.
“I am confident that this agreement will send a very clear message to Iceland and Faroes that the EU is prepared to impose sanction measures if they continue with their unsustainable mackerel fishing practices.” -- Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive officer of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, welcoming an international agreement to impose sanctions against countries engaged in unsustainable fishing.
“I just want to raise my children, be a good father and live in peace. The memory of what I did is a cross that I will have to bear and with God’s help I’ll be left in peace to try and get on with my life. To try and rear two children in the shadow of this is extremely hard and difficult.” -- Double-killer John Gallagher, 46, speaking to the Sunday Times after his release this weekend from the Central Mental Hospital.
“Stephen is sorely missed by his father, Paddy, and myself, his brothers, sisters Tracy, Richy, Charlotte and Emmitt. We loved him so much and he will always be in our hearts.” -- Mona McElwaine, mother of Convoy man Stephen McElwaine, who died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident two weeks ago.
“Sinn Féin have been at the forefront of the campaign to defend our communities against the ravages of this government’s austerity measures, and I feel that our party’s policies are resonating with ordinary people, not just locally but across Ireland.” -- Town Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty of Bundoran, explaining his decision to join Sinn Féin.
“The world would be a lot poorer without dedicated people like the men and women who man our lifeboats and services.” -- Paul O’Sullivan of RNLI, speaking at last weekend’s blessing of the boats and regatta in Mountcharles.
“I hope the lads here aren’t expecting an easy run. I’m a bit like Jim McGuinness -- I intend going the whole way.” -- Model Pippa O’Connor, the Celebrity Banisteoir for Naomh Bríd in Ballintra in the upcoming series of the RTÉ celebrity reality show.
“Despite what must be an exhausting demand on her time and attention, she has an incredible ability to make you feel like you are the most important person in that moment.” -- Easkey Britton of Rossnowlagh, one of Ireland’s top surfers, on meeting Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
“If you perceive something to be of a racist or sectarian nature, then we will treat it as such. This may be a remark, a joke, a physical attack, a threat, abuse as well as being treated differently to people from the majority culture by organisations, agencies, media and services, being singled out or being treated less favourably by employers or on the job market.” -- Karin White, cultural diversity officer with Donegal County Council.
“They have been together now since U-8 and are a very good bunch of young lads and work very hard for each other.” -- Donegal Town manager Benny Byrne, after his team defeated neighbouring Dunkineely Celtic in Friday’s U-14 final.
“There was so much intensity in the mind as well as in the body it was draining. It was a serious challenge. But the good thing is that we were up to it. I thought we showed great composure in the second half to take the game to Tyrone.” -- Donegal manager, Jim McGuinness, on Donegal’s win over Tyrone to advance to the Ulster Finals.
“It was a great performance and Tyrone gave us the test we badly needed, something that neither Cavan nor Derry had done. It was a fascinating tactical battle and I suppose the best way to describe it is it was like a game of chess.” -- Brian McEniff on Donegal’s match-up against Tyrone.