Quotations on Ireland

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The way forward is by building political support for republican and democratic objectives across Ireland and by winning support for these goals internationally.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Goals, Winning, Building, Ireland, Objectives, Republican, Support)

For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Government, Ireland, Years)

On the Northern Ireland question, for instance, the British and Irish governments prohibit media contact with members of the IRA, but we have always gone ahead, believing in the right to information.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: Information, Ireland, Irish, Media, Question, Right)

Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep.
- Dave Barry
(Keywords: Being, Ireland, Sheep)

Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Survival, Countries, France, Ireland, Nation, Pride, Shame, Support)

Ethiopia didn't just blow my mind; it opened my mind. Anyway, on our last day at this orphanage a man handed me his baby and said, 'Would you take my son with you?' He knew, in Ireland, that his son would live, and that in Ethiopia, his son would die.
- Bono
(Keywords: Son, Baby, Day, Ireland, Man, Mind)

My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.
- James Cagney
(Keywords: Men, Women, Father, Country, Ireland, Irish)

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland that is worth the loss of a single British soldier or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan
(Keywords: Injustice, Ireland, Irish, Loss, Worth)

By adopting the 'free trade,' or British, system, we place ourselves side by side with the men who have ruined Ireland and India, and are now poisoning and enslaving the Chinese people.
- Henry Charles Carey
(Keywords: Men, People, Ireland, Now, Trade)

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: God, People, Ireland, Woman)

But one of the most fantastic things about Ireland and Dublin is that the pubs are like Paris and the cafe culture. And Dublin, in many ways, is a pub culture.
- Hugh Dancy
(Keywords: Culture, Ireland, Paris)

Ireland. Great for the spirit - very bad for the body.
- Hugh Dancy
(Keywords: Body, Ireland, Spirit)

Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence.
- Bernadette Devlin
(Keywords: Equality, Mother, Church, Conservatism, Force, Freedom, Influence, Ireland, Security)

One American said that the most interesting thing about Holy Ireland was that its people hate each other in the name of Jesus Christ. And they do!
- Bernadette Devlin
(Keywords: People, American, Christ, Hate, Ireland, Name)

It is tradition in Ireland that you're given money for your first communion.
- Roma Downey
(Keywords: Money, First, Ireland, Tradition)

We're nondenominational. I come from Northern Ireland, and we've had religious wars for years. I didn't want to create an illusion that my God is better than your God. So our show is a spiritual show, not a religious show.
- Roma Downey
(Keywords: God, Illusion, Ireland, Religious, Spiritual, Want, Years)

We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.
- William E. Gladstone
(Keywords: Friend, Cruelty, Ireland, Stupidity, Years)

There will be no support in the island of Ireland for building a nuclear power station.
- Peter Hain
(Keywords: Power, Building, Ireland, Support, Will)

We'll be launching the new public prosecution service in Northern Ireland tomorrow. I'll be doing it in Belfast tomorrow. This is an entirely new era, in which criminal justice now exercised on an equal basis, not the old basis in which community division was a feature.
- Peter Hain
(Keywords: Community, Ireland, Justice, Now, Old, Public, Service, Tomorrow)

You can get on with your job. I'm going to get on with mine. And mine is to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland, that's what they expect from me and I'm not going to be deflected by interesting academic or media speculation or attempts to take the whole debate back.
- Peter Hain
(Keywords: People, Debate, Ireland, Job, Media)

When you look at what I've done here, you see a consistent theme of reforms which is not driven by any dogma from across the water, but a radical agenda to make sure Northern Ireland's people enjoy equal opportunities, driven by the values of social justice.
- Peter Hain
(Keywords: People, Values, Ireland, Justice, Radical, Water)

The big missing part of the jig-saw is to get the assembly back up and running here in Northern Ireland, to get shared government back in business, that is my objective, and we await the IRA statement to see if this will trigger a new dawn.
- Peter Hain
(Keywords: Government, Business, Dawn, Ireland, Running, Will)

I'm going to be looking forward, asked to be judged on my record, not taken back as has been the - in a sense, the tendency throughout politics in Northern Ireland, is to always look back, always look at what was said a long time ago, instead of looking forward.
- Peter Hain
(Keywords: Politics, Time, Ireland, Sense)

My father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead.
- John C. Hawkes
(Keywords: Father, Ireland, Irish, Old, Parents)

When the problems in Northern Ireland started, it was not a question of Protestantism or Catholicism, because the Catholic church was the only church at that time-it was a nationalist conflict.
- Harri Holkeri
(Keywords: Time, Church, Catholicism, Conflict, Ireland, Problems, Protestantism, Question)

Finland had a civil war less than 100 years ago, just like in Ireland. If you look at the history of newly independent nations, civil war is almost every time present, even in the United States.
- Harri Holkeri
(Keywords: History, Time, War, Ireland, Nations, Present, states, United, Years)

The basic policy of the British Government was that since the majority of people in Northern Ireland wished to remain in the United Kingdom, that was that. We asked what would happen if the majority wanted something else, if the majority wanted to see Irish unity.
- John Hume
(Keywords: Government, People, Policy, Ireland, Irish, Majority, United, Unity)

They believed that Britain was in Ireland defending their own interests, therefore the Irish had the right to use violence to put them out. My argument was that that type of thinking was out of date.
- John Hume
(Keywords: Argument, Ireland, Irish, Right, Thinking, Violence)

People were so keen to get investment. In those days, there was quite significant unemployment in Northern Ireland, and that had been the general pattern in Northern Ireland for many, many years.
- John Hume
(Keywords: People, Investment, Ireland, Unemployment, Years)

In coming to that agreement, my party had a clear philosophy throughout. In Northern Ireland, we should have institutions that respected the differences of the people and that gave no victory to either side.
- John Hume
(Keywords: People, Victory, Agreement, Ireland, Party, Philosophy)

It was great to work in Ireland because it's such a beautiful country, but it's not particularly easy to film in because the weather changes all the time.
- Anjelica Huston
(Keywords: Time, Work, Country, Film, Ireland, Weather)

No, I just thought of a story and wrote down what I saw. It was about two kids in Ireland who went around killing people. It was called Travelers, and it was made as an independent film.
- Neil Jordan
(Keywords: Thought, People, Film, Ireland, Kids, Killing)

I've had three novels published, and I was working a little bit in theater in Ireland. I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like.
- Neil Jordan
(Keywords: Film, Ireland, Theater)

At Leeds I've tried to concentrate on my club form, but you get caught up in all the World Cup fever once you come back to Ireland and see all the Irish boys again.
- Robbie Keane
(Keywords: Boys, Ireland, Irish, World)

Australia integrated the - brought on the ships and unleashed in the society the dogs of sectarianism, which had existed in other places - in Glasgow, in Liverpool and of course in Ireland, north and south.
- Thomas Keneally
(Keywords: Society, Dogs, Ireland, Ships)

You're basing your laws and your whole outlook on natural life on mythology. It won't work. That's why you have all these problems in the world. Name them: India, Pakistan, Ireland. Name them-all these problems. They're all religious problems.
- Jack Kevorkian
(Keywords: Life, Work, Ireland, Laws, Mythology, Name, Problems, Religious, World)

We shall not fight for the preservation of the enemy, which has laid waste with death and desolation the fields and hills of Ireland for 700 years.
- James Larkin
(Keywords: Death, Enemy, Fight, Ireland, Waste, Years)

The best thanks we could offer those who went before and raised the Irish working class from their knees was to press forward with determination and enthusiasm towards the ultimate goal of their efforts, a Co-operative Commonwealth for Ireland.
- James Larkin
(Keywords: Determination, Enthusiasm, Goal, Class, Ireland, Irish, Press)

I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition.
- Loretta Lynn
(Keywords: History, Music, England, Ireland, Scotland, Tradition)

They want to derail peace because they want to plunge Northern Ireland back into armed conflict.
- Peter Mandelson
(Keywords: Peace, Conflict, Ireland, Want)

But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible.
- Anne McCaffrey
(Keywords: Love, Ireland, Irish, Living, Speech, Will, Words)

Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and then it almost bypassed the twentieth century.
- John McGahern
(Keywords: Society, Ireland, Sense)

Yes, but also one of the problems for a novelist in Ireland is the fact that there are no formal manners. I mean some people have beautiful manners but there's no kind of agreed form of manners.
- John McGahern
(Keywords: People, Fact, Ireland, Manners, Problems)

Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.
- John McGahern
(Keywords: English, Identity, Ireland, Irish, Language, Rain, Speech, Will)

It is not only our duty to America, but also to Ireland. We could not hope to succeed in our effort to make Ireland a Republic without the moral and material support of the liberty-loving citizens of these United States.
- Thomas F. Meagher
(Keywords: Hope, America, Duty, Effort, Ireland, Liberty, states, Succeed, Support, United)

Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails upon me the penalty of death; but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it.
- Thomas Francis Meagher
(Keywords: History, Death, Crime, England, Ireland, Law)

You know, the pessimism which exists now in the Middle East existed in Northern Ireland, but we stayed at it.
- George J. Mitchell
(Keywords: Pessimism, Ireland, Now)

My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died - we're not sure - either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area.
- George J. Mitchell
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Son, Boston, Ireland, Parents, states, United)

Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond - had to try to make sense of was what was happening on a day-to-day political level.
- Paul Muldoon
(Keywords: Day, Ireland, Poets, Sense)

On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact that there are so many good writers in the place.
- Paul Muldoon
(Keywords: Fact, Influence, Ireland, Writers)



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