“There is a lot of worry in families who are expecting mothers and people are asking, ‘Are we in the right place here?’ Many of us have become citizens of Ireland but this makes us think.” -- Mohammed Burhanuddin, an organiser of Saturday’s vigil following the death of Savita Halappanavar.
“We 100 per cent abhor every single one of these comments made by mindless individuals who have shown no respect for the strong Irish links Everton has with all its Irish supporters.” -- Everton club spokesperson, Darren Griffiths, on anti-Irish abuse levelled at Donegal’s Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman on Twitter.
“They lost two young sons during the course of this tragedy. And obviously I expressed to them, as a father, as a parent, my heartbreak over what they went through. And they’re still obviously a little shell-shocked.” -- US President Barack Obama, who met with Portnoo man Damian Moore and his wife, Glenda, during a visit to Staten Island, NY, after the Moore’s sons, Brandon and Connor, died after being swept away in Hurricane Sandy.
““I moved to Lanzarote and ended up playing four-hour gigs in pubs, seven nights a week. I was burning the candle at both ends and something had to give. I turned to drink and drugs and eventually everything just fell apart.” -- Kilcar man Rory Gallagher, whose GAA anthem, “Jimmy’s Winning Matches” has been viewed by more than a million people, on the dark days that followed the break-up of his band, The Revs.
“There is no way that this council is going to be able to be responsible for all the problems out there. The resources are just not there.” -- Paul Christie, Stranorlar Electoral Area committee manager for planning, addressing issues of unfinished housing estates at the most recent committee meeting.
“I’ve been performing in public since the mid-1950s and there are some songs I get asked for every time I play. Those songs have stood the test of time and are some of my own personal favourites too, which is just as well, really.” -- Seamus Harkin from Derryart, on his new CD, “Songs Old and New” that was recently launched by Donegal Person of the Year, Anne Marie Ward, in Creeslough.
“I was always singing from a young age. We lived in a big pilgrimage town in Germany and I sang in the choir and at Latin masses and that was from five or six years old. I’ve just always kept at it.” -- Seán Feeney, who recently released the CD, “Northern Soul”, with proceeds going to charity.
“You are going to cut the community in two. It is not acceptable to close it at the weekend when no one is working at it. It would seriously inconvenience people in the village.” -- Fianna Fáil Cllr. Patrick McGowan, calling on Donegal County Council not to close the road in Donnyloop on weekends during work to build a new footpath on it.
“Manpower on the ground is an issue. It is very hard for one or two people to cover 60 houses. Manpower on the ground is needed badly.” -- Fine Gael Cllr. Martin Harley, speaking at the recent Stranorlar Electoral Area committee meeting on the shortage of available council staff to turn around vacant council houses.
“This project will transform the landscape and streetscape of these two towns and transform every aspect of life in the area.” -- Dinny McGinley, Fine Gael TD and minister of state for the Gaeltacht, on an €8.3 million project that will see a new community centre, purpose-built childcare centre and new pedestrian bridge built for Termon.
“Most likely the sheep that have been stolen, if they were ewe lambs, they would go straight to the factory. The old tags would be cut out and new tags put in. They are off the system and they are so hard to track down again. It’s nearly impossible.” -- PJ McMonagle, chairperson of the Donegal branch of the IFA, on the rise in suspected sheep rustling across the county.
“There is a disconnect, a breakdown, between the citizen and the state in Donegal that is more apparent than in other counties.” -- Political analyst Harry McGee, on Donegal’s recent “no” vote in the Children’s Referendum.
“I thought we deserved to win the game. We passed the ball very well at times and we’re just disappointed to get nothing from it.” -- Donegal and Ireland’s Seamus Coleman, after Ireland’s 1-0 loss to Greece in last week’s friendly at Aviva Stadium.
“It will be important for Jim to unearth a few new players to freshen up the panel. He was working off a panel of 32 or 33 last year and new players would help to keep those in the panel on their toes.” -- Brian McEniff, with words of advice for Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.
“I’m very happy with the job I’m in. The job I’m in is the job that I’ve done in the past. The job that I’ve done in the past is working with people and working with people in Ireland and on an individual level.” -- Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, who next week will take up a part-time role as performance director with Celtic FC in Glasgow.
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