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Friday 27 May 2016

You can say that again! We look at choice quotes of 2015

Published 28/12/2015

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Ivan Little picks the best of this year's quotes in part one of our look back at the most memorable sayings of 2015 from the political, sporting and social spheres.

"Ye wouldn't be long getting frostbit."

The YouTube world warms to Sperrins teenager Ruairi McSorley and his, er, peculiar accent after he gives a TV interview about snow and icy weather.

"I take great pride representing everyone in Ireland, north and south, in whatever way I can."

West Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes fights back after he is criticised for accepting an MBE.

"Not sure if I'm happy or jealous. Have a word with Her Majesty on my behalf, Pat."

Tiger's Bay world champion Carl Frampton boxes clever over his friend's Buckingham Palace honour.

"I won't be apologising. I have quoted from the word of God."

DUP councillor Maurice Mills speaks out after receiving an MBE 10 years after saying gay people were to blame for Hurricane Katrina in America, which killed 1,300 people.

"Significant challenges still lie ahead for Northern Ireland's political leaders."

How right she was - Secretary of State Theresa Villiers in her New Year message urging politicians to capitalise on the Stormont House Agreement.

"Yep, left out the 'n'."

Dublin's Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has a pop at Sinn Fein by tweeting a follow-up to an earlier message about their "cult" politics.

"It's wrong that they're denied their own national flag."

Ukip's Henry Reilly flags up a new flegs dispute after the Union flag is excluded from Northern Ireland driving licences.

"They're as damaging in our community as anything that republicans have ever done."

John Stevenson of the PUP condemns the sale of drugs - even though the paramilitaries his party supports were once up to their necks in the trade.

"I had no idea that it was being brought to an end. She broke her word."

Peter Robinson hits out after Theresa Villiers scraps plans for a panel to examine the north Belfast marching row.

"It's certainly not appropriate for young children to see a symbol of joy like Santa holding a gun."

Frightened resident of an Omagh housing estate slams the appearance of a mural of a rifle-carrying Father Christmas.

"They will only add fuel to flames that there is a conspiracy by the Northern Ireland Office to conceal something, someone or some action."

Ian Paisley jr condemns the refusal of a Government official to appear before a probe into the controversial On The Runs letters for fugitive IRA members.

"The events in Paris remind us of how serious threats against the Press are and that contempt for freedom of the Press is not limited to Islamic fanatics."

The TUV's Jim Allister compares the killing of 12 people in an attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine with an IRA ransacking of a Dublin newspaper's offices in the Michael Collins era.

"No grievance, no matter how strongly felt, can justify such action and no cause is served by it."

Gerry Adams denounces the Charlie Hebdo killings and rejects claims that he had ever joked about the Dublin newspaper attack.

"I pray for them every single day."

Mother of Catholic policeman says she has no malice or hatred towards dissidents who targeted her Londonderry home for a second time.

"A very troubling lack of candour."

Mr Justice Treacy's view of part of the testimony by former health minister Edwin Poots during a court challenge to his ban on gay men giving blood.

"It's unrealistic to expect every attack plan to be stopped - even where the perpetrators may, in some cases, have been on our radar for many years."

MI5 director Andrew Parker, however, says his teams did thwart dozens of dissident shootings and bombings in 2015.

"This is an historic day."

Sinn Fein's Raymond McCartney hails the election of his party colleague Mitchel McLaughlin as the first nationalist or republican Stormont Speaker.

"Today, we acknowledge in word and in deed they have done the right thing."

Gregory Campbell applauds Sinn Fein for implementing welfare reform. The DUP and Sinn Fein would change their tune as the year went on.

"Kates-brrr-idge"

Belfast Telegraph headline on a story which said that Katesbridge in Co Down was the coldest place in the United Kingdom virtually every day of the year.

"The On The Runs letters were crucial to keeping the peace process on course."

Tony Blair defends the contentious letters to 200 republicans as he gives evidence before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.

"I didn't understand the lyrics."

German Lucas Tussing is cleared of singing a pro-terrorist song among Celtic fans at game in Kilmarnock.

"The party comes first - you do what you are told."

The instructions which then-DUP councillor Jenny Palmer claims she was given in relation to a Housing Executive vote on extending contracts for the Red Sky contractors company.

"There is now an opportunity for the truth to be uncovered and for our clients to be able to move on with their fractured lives."

Lawyer Kevin Winters launches a legal bid against Theresa Villiers' refusal to extend a Westminster sex-abuse inquiry to include the Kincora Boys Home in Belfast.

"Je Suis Sammy."

The DUP's Sammy Wilson reworks the Je Suis Charlie slogan from the Charlie Hebdo massacre and is branded crass and insensitive by rival politicians.

"We are not going back into our closets."

The Rainbow Project in Londonderry responds to a DUP move to introduce a conscience clause into equality legislation after Ashers Bakery in Belfast refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.

"They should break their code of Omerta and just tell the truth."

Rape victim Mairia Cahill urges republicans to name names of up to 30 sex abusers who were moved from the North to the South.

"We can do business together."

Peter Robinson's offer to Ed Miliband four months before Labour were annihilated in the May election, meaning that unionists did not hold the balance of power at Westminster.

"Where's the football?"

The Republic's Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh, whose knowledge of Irish is limited, is almost caught short as he uses the wrong words to ask where the toilet is in a Galway hotel.

"A united Ireland is inevitable."

Martin McGuinness sounds upbeat in January that his "la" will be "chuckying" if election results go Sinn Fein's way.

"I compliment him for his generosity in accepting the apology."

Ulster GAA president Martin McAviney praises Monaghan's Protestant defender Drew Wylie after Cavan player Gearoid McKiernan says sorry for sectarian abuse during a game.

"I don't see why Northern Ireland seems to be missing out."

David Cameron's U-turn on local politicians being allowed to take part in the general election TV debates.

"I will not be deflected from my duties as a public representative."

Sinn Fein's Daithi McKay's message of defiance after bomb and death threats against him in his North Antrim Assembly constituency.

"A step on the road to truth."

Families of the victims of the so-called Glenanne Gang welcome a court's decision to have a full hearing on claims that the loyalist killers were not investigated properly by police.

"We think Amal (Clooney's) track record speaks for itself."

Belfast solicitor Darragh Mackin welcomes the recruitment of George Clooney's wife to the legal team representing the 11 "hooded men" who were allegedly tortured by the Army at the start of the Troubles.

"The Queen is much older than I am."

Martin McGuinness says the monarch has inspired him to work on past the official age of retirement.

"Jesus ruled out of order in Northern Ireland town halls."

Newspaper headline on a report which said that only one of the province's 11 new super councils would continue to say prayers before their monthly meetings.

"Yeah, I do it naked. The dog does it with me."

Gerry Adams reveals all about his penchant for bouncing on a trampoline in the mornings.

"Hang your heads in shame."

The UUP's Danny Kennedy lambasts councillors who voted for the naming of a children's playpark in Newry after IRA hunger striker Raymond McCreesh.

"An utterly and entirely loathsome surrender to terrorists."

Video of a speech from Ukip leader Nigel Farage surfaces from 2007 in which he denounces the peace process and the Rev Ian Paisley for going into government with Sinn Fein.

"It has knocked me for six."

PSNI widow Kate Carroll speaks of her shock at a bid to get a song into the charts which campaigns for the release from jail of her husband's dissident republican killers.

"I've been taken off the show."

Ex-footballer Stan Collymore is booted out as a pundit by BT Sport after he insisted that Rangers' games should not be broadcast because of their fans' repeated sectarian singing.

"It doesn't make me any less proud to be an England cricketer."

Dublin-born cricketer Eoin Morgan stumps critics after they criticised him for not singing the British national anthem.

"It's about time Scap was brought to court, and that's all I really want."

Frank Mulhern calls for an investigation into double agent Freddie Scappaticci for his alleged involvement in the murder of his son, Joe, in 1993.

"The UDA and the UVF remain committed to their ceasefires."

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers' assessment of loyalist paramilitaries.

"Doctors told me I was just two minutes from death."

Portrush man Stephen Clyde recalls how UDA gunmen almost killed him in 2013.

"People keep giving me rubber ducks."

Gerry Adams tries to show his softer side as he talks about how his Twitter followers respond to his bizarre tweets about rubber ducks and teddy bears.

"I probably would have been killed if I had spoken sooner."

Abuse victim Mairia Cahill says going public about her suspected IRA attacker a few years earlier could have cost her her life.

"We need a border poll."

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew calls for referendum on Irish unity.

"He was no showman, but a man of immense guile playing the game of political chess."

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt pays tribute after the death of former party supremo Jim Molyneaux.

"UVF try to sink teeth into Hollywood Dracula movie."

Newspaper headline on report that loyalist terrorists have demanded protection money from the makers of a new Dracula movie made in Belfast.

"They have decided to bring the show to an end."

Peter Robinson says Sinn Fein could bring down the Stormont House agreement after doing a U-turn on welfare reforms.

"The DUP have acted in bad faith."

Martin McGuinness says Peter Robinson and his colleagues are the ones to blame over welfare issues.

"In Enniskillen, if you carry a Tesco bag on a Thursday you are identified as a Protestant."

Youth Action Northern Ireland official talks about research which shows how young people identify each other's religious background.

"Gerry Adams has more skeletons than the Titanic."

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Royston Brady's icy response to how the Sinn Fein TD for Louth is accepted in the politics of the Republic.

"For three years she has gone out of her way to ignore me."

The DUP's Gavin Robinson says Naomi Long MP, his opponent in the East Belfast election, won't talk to him.

"I have met and spoken to Mr Robinson many times."

The MP says her rival's claims are nonsense.

"If you're wearing orange, you're not welcome in here."

DUP see red over US Vice-President Joe Biden's ill-judged St Patrick's joke in Washington.

"Schoolboy behaviour falls well short of how business should be conducted. Curry my yoghurt."

MLA Gregory Campbell is barred from speaking at the Assembly after "yawning loudly" during a Sinn Fein speech in Irish.

"We won't back down."

Ashers boss Daniel McArthur's pledge to nearly 3,000 Christians packing the Waterfront Hall in Belfast to support the firm ahead of a court case over their refusal to bake a gay marriage cake.

"I was hung out to dry."

Premiership footballer James McClean, from Derry, says Sunderland's press officers have stopped him speaking publicly to explain his refusal to wear a poppy on his shirt.

"They could kill the professional theatre here."

Actors' union organiser Drew McFarlane is horrified by swingeing Arts Council funding cuts.

"I'm not grumpy. It's a myth."

Van Morrison says journalists who brand him dour are lazy.

"You'd always get more action out of them, particularly the night before their confession."

Actor Jimmy Nesbitt reminisces about his fondness for convent girls as he was growing up.

"Change is always challenging, and these are big changes."

Environment Minister Mark Durkan heralds the arrival of 11 new super councils as representing strong local government.

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