“Our intelligence on the ground tells us that we have the scope to take a third seat in the constituency.”
-- Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West, looking to the next general election.
“One thing is for sure, people are taking the power back. If there is one thing that people took from the protest on Saturday, it would be confidence.”
-- Owen Curran of Right2Water west Donegal, on the large numbers of Donegal people at Saturday’s national protest against water charges.
“It really is a great honour to have you here today. As a family it is more than evident that you have never lost your interest in your Irish roots.”
-- Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely, welcoming to Donegal US Congressman Brendan Boyle, son of Glencolmcille man Frank Boyle.
“My father is known back home as the man who beat both Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
-- US Congressman Brendan Boyle, Democrat from Pennsylvania, on the work his father, Frank, did in his primary race against a candidate who was Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law.
“Today is not a new beginning. It is the strengthening of a friendship.”
-- Kevin Boyle, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and brother of Congressman Brendan Boyle.
“Children will be walking, cycling, travelling on buses and being dropped off and picked up in cars, so motorists need to be alert to their safety and exercise extreme caution.”
-- Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council road safety officer, urging caution as schools reopen.
“There has been a real sense of optimism in Donegal this summer season, as we have seen more visitors on the ground - all welcome news for hotels and guesthouses.”
-- Paul Diver, chairperson of the Donegal branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, on the rise in visitors to Ireland that the Central Statistics Office reported recently.
“If this were a terrorist attack with seven dead and several injured it would dominate the headlines.”
-- Fianna Fáil Cllr. Patrick McGowan, on what he called, “a weekend of slaughter” on the nation’s roads, when seven people lost their lives.
“It’s a case of, ‘so far, so good’, but I haven’t had any feedback from any politicians.”
-- Tim Jackson of the Clean Up Politics campaign, which calls on TDs to take a pay cut and have expenses vouched, among other aims. Thousands of people have signed their petition.
“The walk is to honour the memory of Ireland’s Famine dead, and in remembering, to help heal.”
-- Waylon Gary White Deer, Chocktaw artist and an organiser of Action from Ireland, on the first Ballyshannon Famine Walk.
“That’s my aim, to pass the skill on to younger women.”
-- Mary McLaughlin of Letterkenny and District Flower Club, marking its 40th year, on the art of flower arranging.
“We invite all our friends, family and colleagues from other clubs who would like to join us on the road from Dungloe to Letterkenny. It promises to be another really enjoyable spin out, and all for a great cause.”
-- Martin McGinley, an organiser of the annual Tadhg Culbert An Post charity cycle to benefit Donegal Hospice.
“I know some people were a little surprised that Tyrone gave Kerry a run for their money in last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final. But I have to say that it did not come as a surprise to me.”
-- Brian McEniff.
“I think they were stung a bit by our first half and to be honest, we could have had four or five by half time.”
-- Kevin McHugh, Finn Harps captain, after the Harps defeated Cabinteely 3-2 in their SSE Airtricity League First Division match.