President Mary McAleese

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart

Tiger Woods confesses to having played away

It's a private thing, of course, but when you are the guy he is – the world's best athlete – you should think more before you do stuff... and not 'just do it', like Nike says

Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who introduced Woods to his wife

I would like to express my regrets to a wrong interpretation of what I said and to the FAI. I'm sorry about the headlines going around the world. I have nothing against the Irish, they were very sporting when they came to FIFA

FIFA president Sepp Blatter

It is an insult to my intelligence if you expect me to vote for it

Independent Fianna Fáil TD Jim McDaid on the proposal to give public sector workers 12 days' unpaid leave

Even the proposal exposes the fat that exists in the system. We need reform. A major reduction is required as part of reform

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Power on the controversial proposal

Throwing rocks and stones at one another, which is going on at the moment, is most unhelpful for the whole country...those who don't know much about what they are talking about should keep their mouth shut until we see what happens

Liam Doran, General Secretary of the Irish Nurses Organisation, has an outburst outside talks at Government Buildings

My conscience is actually clear about Dublin, even though I recognise that some of the things should have been done differently. There was certainly no deliberate omission on my part

Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray reacting to criticism of him in the Murphy report and mounting pressure on him to resign

It is the least that Peter is owed by the church, which so terribly failed him

The parents and siblings of abuse victim Peter McCloskey, who committed suicide, urging Bishop Donal Murray to stand down

There was one person working overtime, you know, out to damage me, and I know who the person is

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in an interview with TV3's Ursula Halligan

Lots of people who should be enjoying their homes and putting up their Christmas trees this weekend are living through a nightmare of loss and destruction

President Mary McAleese dedicates the lighting of the Christmas tree at Áras an Uachtaráin to victims of the recent floods