"The item represented a gross insult to the position of An Taoiseach, not to mention a personal affront to the dignity of the man himself."
Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North Michael Kennedy on Tuesday
"When I saw the paintings on Sunday in the Sunday Tribune I thought, 'Gee if a guy can't go to the loo in comfort, it's come to the bad pass'… I thought it was – I'm hesitant to say 'close to the bone' because that will be interpreted another way."
Fianna Fáil TD Mary O'Rourke on Newstalk on Wednesday
"Disrespect to the office of the Taoiseach? Come again? As a man once said, that's a grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented way of carrying on. Apart from anything else, if you cannot disrespect Fianna Fáil politicians and the offices they hold, who the hell can you disrespect?"
Columnist Alex Massie on the Spectator magazine website on Wednesday
"While I sympathise with the Taoiseach and his family, the public has noticed that it took gardaí six months to go into the Anglo Irish Bank."
Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton referring to the gardaí's visit to Today FM studios to recover emails between the station and the artist.
"The issuing of a grovelling apology by the national broadcaster is an abuse of independence and freedom of expression."
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny in the Dáil on Thursday
"It is remarkable that a member of An Garda Síochána can turn up at a radio station within 24 hours of an item being aired but that when it came to investigating suspected wrongdoing at Anglo Irish Bank it took the authorities weeks to finally raid their offices."
Alan Kelly, Labour senator
"I was never able to influence RTé one way or the other. If they felt an apology was appropriate then it had to be appropriate."
Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern
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