You must have a professional organisation, which is why Fine Gael has this role of director of organisation and why I am in it because I am bad enough of a bastard and tough enough to make really unpopular decisions

Frank Flannery tells the MacGill summer School about his new position as Fine Gael's director of organisation

Clearly if the minimum wage becomes an impediment to job creation, the government has to look at it

The minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, speaking at the MacGill Summer School about a possible reduction in the minimum wage

I don't honestly believe that cutting the minimum wage would aid job creation and I think there is something really indecent about a society that tells people on €17,000 a year that we're going to take money off you

Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar is opposing any cut to the minimum wage

Make no mistake: the fight against the activities of these gangs is going to be long and has to be waged relentlessly. But I am satisfied that the ability of the gardaí to tackle the gangs head-on has been greatly improved by these measures

The minister for justice, Dermot Ahern, welcomes President Mary McAleese's decision to sign the new Criminal Justice Bill into law

I favour a reduction in the number of TDs. Depending on the results of the next census in 2011, the number of TDs could be reduced, without requiring a constitutional amendment

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny suggests a cut in the number of TDs in the Dáil

I was concerned about access [to the M50] and it still remains an issue for me. It had better work, because if it doesn't we have a serious problem and we can't ask Ikea to close

Fingal mayor Ciaran Byrne on traffic concerns surrounding the opening of the new Ikea tomorrow

I wanted to have sex with her one last time

Gordon Molloy (24), of Ballinakill, Ballickmoyler, Co Laois, who is on trial accused of stabbing his former lover to death

Good luck tonight Shamrock Rovers in their epic encounter with the 'supermen' of world soccer Inter Milan

An epic Evening Herald blooper, ahead of the Irish club's much-anticipated fixture at home to actual opponents Real Madrid