Quote of the day…

This appears in a few papers this morning, but Miriam Lord has the best set up line:

A Noonan one-liner is always flagged by a slow-growing smile and a drawled “yah know” as an opener.

He thought it a mistake that Sinn Féin “as people who have such long experience of the courts system” were “drawing witnesses from the prosecution in to justify their position”.

That would be referring to the miscued leaflet quotes


  • cynic2

    A nice one.

  • Miriam was on song yesterday, as An Taoiseach had slipped off into the Land of Nod:

    He was “reflecting deeply on the thoughts being put out” during the speechifying.

    and Mary Lou McDonald was taking umbrage for lunch and SF was being economical with its quotations:

    She told the Tánaiste that she was certainly not “twisted”. Which is true. The Dáil bar hadn’t even opened when she was on her way to the Chamber.

  • The Dáil seems to be far more entertaining than Stormont:

    An Ceann Comhairle: I ask the Deputy to respect the Chair and resume her seat.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: I am not going to sit here to be insulted.

    Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: It was a statement of fact.

    An Ceann Comhairle: This is a political debate. We are way over time.

    The Tánaiste: I have never personally insulted anybody in this House.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: It is a personal attack to refer to somebody as “twisted”.

    The Tánaiste: I did not refer to the Deputy as “twisted” but the content of the leaflet she produced is twisted.

    Deputy Peadar Tóibín: The economic quotes were correct.

    The Tánaiste: The advice she is now trying to sell that somehow the Irish people can reject this treaty while being able to access emergency funding is twisted and misleading.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: It is the truth.

    Deputy Brian Hayes: A bad day at the office.

    An Ceann Comhairle: I call Deputy Boyd Barrett.

    Deputy Paul Kehoe: He is wearing a lovely new shirt this morning.

    Now isn’t that a lovely intervention from Kehoe! Perhaps An Ceann Comhairle could spend some time in Stormont to liven up the exchanges there!

  • Mick Fealty

    In case anyone is completely confused by that somewhat oblique intervention from Nevin, here’s where that exchange began:

    An Ceann Comhairle: Does Deputy McDonald mind asking her backbenchers to stay quiet?

    The Tánaiste: We can get out of this programme provided there is continuing confidence in this country. We believe that confidence will be maintained in circumstances where the people of this country approve the stability treaty, ensure stability around the euro and assure investors this is a good country in which to invest and create jobs.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: That is waffle.

    The Tánaiste: On the other hand, if the people of Ireland follow the Deputy’s advice, from which she adduces in a twisted way —–

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: On a point of order, I object to the personal insults the Tánaiste is throwing across the floor.

    An Ceann Comhairle: This is a political debate.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: To refer to another Member as “twisted” —–

    An Ceann Comhairle: That is not a point of order.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: I can only deduce that the Tánaiste —–

    An Ceann Comhairle: Please resume your seat.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: —– does not want to answer my question.

    Deputy Derek Keating: The answer is “No”.

    An Ceann Comhairle: I ask the Deputy to respect the Chair and resume her seat.

    Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: I am not going to sit here to be insulted.

  • Mick, I’m sure most folks are able to follow the Dáil link that I provided; the post follows on from the other delightful quotes by Miriam that I listed at 10:29.

  • Mick Fealty


    If you are going to mine half of the Oireachtas report for your quotes, then best start where the action starts…

    I’ve only limited sympathy with the Tanaiste on this score since this kind of heavy body checking is very similar to what Labour did to the Green TDs last time out…

  • Mick, there’s no need to exaggerate 🙂