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They said what?! We take a look at more quotes from 2015

Published 29/12/2015

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Part two of our series sees Ivan Little's picks of this year's quotes as we look back at some of the most memorable sayings of 2015 from the political, sporting and social spheres.

"They're Protestants, you idiot. Shut up."

A Northern Ireland fan tries to silence his friend after he shouts sectarian abuse at Free Presbyterians protesting about the first-ever international football game to be played on a Sunday at Windsor Park.

"Ireland has a new and exciting voice."

Liam Neeson pays tribute to author Mark Mulholland, whose book about an IRA sniper the actor is going to turn into a movie.

"He's not welcome."

Message from Republican Sinn Fein's Des Dalton about Prince Charles' plans to visit Mullaghmore, the Co Sligo village where his great-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA.

"I'm not going to say I have it in the bag."

Northern Ireland's first Sikh candidate in an election, Amandeep Singh Bhogal of the Conservative Party, declines to predict victory in the Westminster poll. He was to receive just 201 votes.

"He was only doing his job."

Ann Travers responds to the death of barrister Desmond Boal, who helped acquit the man accused of killing her sister, Mary, and injuring her magistrate father, Tom.

"Warm congratulations to all mothers and fathers on the births of all their babies born today."

Martin McGuinness congratulates the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte, without actually naming them.

"I do not believe dissident republicans have been involved."

Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway of the PSNI talking about the murder of ex-IRA commander Gerard 'Jock' Davison in the Markets area of Belfast.

"It was a failure, but it was a glorious failure."

Former DeLorean executive Barrie Willis uses a reunion of workers in Belfast to call for the establishment of a museum to celebrate the Back to the Future car.

"I don't support the IRA."

Oldham Athletic manager Darren Kelly cries foul after he is criticised for calling his fellow Derryman Martin McGuinness a legend.

"I should have been more gracious."

Newly elected East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson acknowledges his acceptance speech should have recognised the contribution of the outgoing MP Naomi Long.

"This is not a green constituency. It doesn't belong to Bobby Sands."

Tom Elliott celebrates after wrestling the Fermanagh/South Tyrone Westminster seat from Sinn Fein.

"This is direct discrimination, for which there can be no justification."

Judge Isobel Brownlee finds Ashers Bakery guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.

"Welcome back to Ireland. I am glad to see you here."

Gerry Adams greets Prince Charles in Galway with words and a handshake before the future King visits Mullaghmore, where the IRA killed his great uncle, Lord Mountbatten.

"Hopefully, the good weather will hold up."

Antonia Beggs does a Michael Fish on day one of the Irish Open golf tournament she is helping to organise in Newcastle. The rain barely let up for the rest of the week.

"I thought he was just tired."

The first thoughts of Sammy Douglas MLA after his DUP leader Peter Robinson suffered a heart attack during a cycling trip.

"I think Rory had a worse week than I had."

Peter Robinson attends the Irish Open golf in Newcastle the day after being released from hospital after his heart attack.

"I accept that it merits further investigation."

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable promises a probe after a rifle used in seven unsolved murders turns up on display in the Imperial War Museum in London.

"A tricolour is flying over Stormont."

A tweet alerts the world to the appearance of the Irish flag over Parliament Buildings, but it's dismissed as a prank carried out by "rogue" outsiders.

"I treat his comments with contempt."

Rev Ian Paisley's widow, Eileen, rounds on flautist Sir James Galway for claiming her husband was indirectly responsible for murders.

"It was a funding issue, pure and simple."

Danny Morrison denies censorship claims after a play about the IRA murder of Jean McConville is dropped from the Feile an Phobail programme in west Belfast.

"Islam is heathen, Islam is Satanic. Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell."

Preacher James McConnell tells his Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle about a "new evil" in the world.

"I'm not sorry for what I said."

Sammy Wilson refuses to apologise for calling Jim Allister of the TUV a "thug", a comment which led to the DUP man being found guilty of breaking the Assembly's code of conduct.

"It was reportedly earmarked for a Northern Ireland politician."

The Dail hears a claim from Independent TD Mick Wallace that £7m was set aside as part of the Northern Ireland loan book of Nama, the Republic's "bad bank", but he doesn't name names.

"Not one penny."

Peter Robinson says no members of his family ever benefited from the Nama deals.

"Ride on in peace Delta 7, ride on."

At the funeral of motorcycle racing's flying doctor, Dr John Hinds, his call-sign is used in a message by his cousin, Fr Michael Hinds, to end his homily.

"I'm not claiming to be Popeye, but I do have a wee bit of maritime history in me."

Belfast's Lord Mayor Arder Carson welcomes the Tall Ships festival to Belfast.

"It could have been much worse. She's very lucky."

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly responds as dozens of police lift a car trapping a girl under it after it drove into a crowd of nationalists at Ardoyne shops on July 12.

"He's sorry."

Lawyer for Orangeman charged with attempted murder of girl in Ardoyne incident tells court his client regrets her injuries.

"It was like an Isis parade."

DUP councillor David Ramsey compares the appearance of dozens of masked men at the funeral of an INLA hunger striker's mother in Londonderry to parades by Islamic State in Syria.

"Ban him."

Parent of disabled child calls for Feile an Phobail to ditch comedian Frankie Boyle from their festival over jokes he has made about Down's Syndrome sufferers.

"It's time."

Slogan on t-shirts worn by Belfast Pride festival organisers calling for marriage equality in Northern Ireland in line with the Republic's vote in May.

"They're great to watch."

EasyJet bang the drum for Orange Order parades in their inflight magazine, prompting nationalist calls for the airline to have a rethink.

"A lot of people will see it as a demonisation of the Orange Order."

Senior Orangeman Dr David Hume fumes over Easyjet apology for promoting Orange parades.

"Remembered with pride."

Progressive Unionist Party official Helen Smyth's Twitter message praising the "sacrifice" of two UVF men killed in the terrorist attack on the Miami showband.

"This is payback for Jock Davison."

Republican sources blame the IRA for the murder in the Short Strand area of Belfast of former Provisional Kevin McGuigan - the main suspect in the 'Jock' Davison shooting three months earlier.

"There will be repercussions if it is found that the Provisional IRA were involved."

Peter Robinson warns of threat to the future of Stormont if Provisionals did kill Kevin McGuigan.

"Faithful minister of the gospel."

Inscription on the newly erected headstone on Ian Paisley's grave near Ballygowan, but there's no mention of his political career.

"They are not on a war footing."

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton says there is no evidence that the McGuigan murder was sanctioned by the IRA.

"We will be leaving the Northern Ireland Executive next week."

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt gets the backing of his party to quit in the wake of the McGuigan murder.

"I shudder to think what could have happened if they had succeeded."

Anti-terror chief John Cuddihy speaking after a republican gang are jailed in Scotland for plotting to kill ex-UDA chiefs Johnny Adair and Sammy McCrory.

"It's become a butterfly, it's flew away, it's gone, it's disappeared."

Sinn Fein's northern chairman, Bobby Storey, says there is no role for the IRA.

"Because of the bravery of the IRA and people like Bobby Sands we now have a peace process."

The words of Jeremy Corbyn's new Labour Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, come back from 2003 to haunt him as David Cameron and the DUP condemn him.

"Peter Robinson was among five people who were to financially benefit from the Nama sell-off."

Flag protester and blogger Jamie Bryson appears in front of the Northern Ireland Assembly's finance committee to make a series of allegations about the deal under Stormont privilege.

"It was a pantomime."

Peter Robinson rejects what Bryson said at Stormont, saying he neither received, expected to receive, sought, or was offered a single penny as a result of the Nama deal.

"I will protect Northern Ireland from rogue and renegade nationalist and republican ministers."

Arlene Foster's pledge as she becomes acting First Minister after Peter Robinson steps aside temporarily.

"They don't want a Taig about the place."

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell claims the DUP don't want to work with Catholics.

"We won't be leaving any stage while republicans of any faction still exist."

UDA statement warns they haven't gone away.

"We have peace in Northern Ireland, so we'll hold our noses and do business with you."

The DUP's Edwin Poots tells Sinn Fein of the "stench" of sharing power with them.

"In, out and shake it all about."

Tweet mocks DUP ministers' protest policy of resigning and then returning to their posts to stop the roles going to others.

"This is not about money."

Tony Blair's former aide Jonathan Powell says the formation of a new loyalist group backed by the UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commando is the "last best chance" to involve loyalists in the peace process.

"Why not legalise them?"

Jonathan Powell suggests the IRA could become a veterans' organisation.

"He might as well have said the Nazi party should be legalised as an old boys' club."

Lord Tebbitt, whose wife was left disabled by the Brighton bomb, is furious with Powell.

"An IRA army council remains in place and IRA members believe it oversees Sinn Fein's political strategy."

Independent review commissioned after the murder of Kevin McGuigan goes even further than the PSNI Chief Constable's earlier assessment of the state of the Provisionals, but DUP ministers go back into the Stormont Executive.

"Their bright flame was extinguished too soon."

Families pay tribute to John and Lynette Rodgers, the Co Down couple who drowned on honeymoon in South Africa.

"You really couldn't make this s*** up."

The DUP's Ruth Patterson is aghast at the fast-tracking of recently co-opted Assembly member Emma Pengelly to a junior minister's post in the Executive.

"If there was a vote in Northern Ireland, it would sail in."

Elton John tells Stormont politicians who have blocked same-sex marriage to enter the 21st century.

"He was allowed to engage upon a murderous campaign to enhance his position as an intelligence asset."

Lawyer for families press in court for an outside police force to investigate 24 killings allegedly linked to an IRA "nutting squad" led by double agent Freddie 'Stakeknife' Scappaticci.

"A Fresh Start."

Name of a new deal agreed by politicians to allow the power-sharing administration at Stormont to get back to work, but welfare issues are off-loaded onto Westminster and the past is still unresolved.

"Sorry about the stunt."

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt apologises to Martin McGuinness after an unscheduled rendition of the national anthem following a Stormont remembrance service.

"Good luck 2 Peter Robinson."

Gerry Adams tweets his best wishes to his one-time foe after he announces he is stepping down from politics.

"Is he any relation to Clint?"

Tongue-in-cheek post on current affairs blog after Colum Eastwood is elected as the new leader of the SDLP.

"Ulster says no to refugees."

Banner displayed at march by Protestant Coalition, but only a few dozen protesters turn up.

"A breath of fresh air."

Rev Ian Paisley's son Kyle welcomes the election of Arlene Foster as the new leader of the DUP.

"Slab Murphy was treated unfairly."

Gerry Adams responds to conviction of leading republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy on tax-evasion charges in non-jury court in Dublin.

"We'll be back."

BBC sources hint at a return of the Sports Personality of the Year awards to Belfast.

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