“I have said repeatedly that there should be a humanitarian ceasefire to meet the urgent basic needs of the people in Gaza.”It is essential that humanitarian relief is provided to those who need it.
“This funding from Ireland will help the UN and others provide essential support to extremely vulnerable people, in particular those in Gaza who are dealing with acute and severe challenges.
“Ireland is a longstanding supporter of the critical work undertaken by UNRWA with and on behalf of Palestine refugees, and we remain firmly committed in our political and financial support to the Agency in these deteriorating circumstances.”
He added: “Providing €3m in assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territories Humanitarian Fund will also address the escalating humanitarian needs by enabling rapid deployment of aid, particularly in life-saving sectors that have been hit hardest by the current conflict including health, shelter, food security and protection.”
— Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin 10/18/23
“I will not seek to run again for Speaker of the House. I may have lost a vote today, but I fought for what I believe in – and I believe in America. It has been an honor to serve.”
— Former Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy on his dismissal. NBC News reported: “When McCarthy worked with Democrats on a debt ceiling deal, it was the beginning of the end for his party hard-liners. Doing it again to avoid a shutdown was the final straw.” 10/03/23
A united Ireland would be “wonderful” but Northern Ireland and the Republic are just at the “dating” stage rather than “falling in love.
“In any marital arrangement, you’d like to think both parties would be attracted to each other, indeed falling in love would be great. We might not be at the falling-in-love stage, but we’re dating,” he said.
“We have done an amazing job at transforming our society. It feels freer, it feels fair, it’s not fair enough, we’ve got an issue with housing. There are problems in Ireland, but I think we look more and more attractive to our northern partner.”
– The Irish Times 9/29/23
“We must address the structural inequalities that perpetuate poverty, collectively endeavour to dismantle the systemic barriers that sustain inequality and injustice, and work tirelessly towards a future of equality for all.
“It is through breaking the poverty cycle that we can ensure that future generations can grow and flourish in a world that is fair, just and inclusive, respecting the rights and voices of all its citizens.”
– President Michael D. Higgins in a statement on October 17 to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
“We can stop this now. We need to come together to bring an end to this acrimonious round of talks.
I believe in a bright future, one that we can build together. I still believe the automobile industry is a major force for good in our country.”
– The executive chairman of Ford Motor Company Bill Ford called on the United Auto Workers union to come together and end the auto strike, saying the future of the company – and the American auto industry – is at stake. “Competitors, including Toyota, Honda, and Tesla, are loving this strike,” Ford said. “They will win and all of us will lose.”
— Detroit Free Press 10/16/23
“If I had the privilege of leading the government, I would be a Taoiseach for everybody and I would act in a way to foster respect, reconciliation and understanding and never in a partisan way to give offense to anyone.”
– President of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald
Pressed on whether she would attend events commemorating the Provisional IRA if she held that office, McDonald replied, “If I were Taoiseach, there’s a set pattern of what the Taoiseach attends and does not attend.”
– Irishcentral.com 9/27/23
“I think it is important and it is appropriate that his [Collins] role in securing Irish independence and the formation of our State would be acknowledged and recognized.”
– Minister for Finance Michael McGrath at the unveiling of a statue of Michael Collins in Cork City on October 20.
— The Irish Times