The Verbals: Quotes of the Month for September 2017

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Laois charity urgently needs volunteers to wash sleeping bags

“One assurance I am unable to give is the matter of our weather. As a government minister, I am unable to do anything about it.”

- Minister Charlie Flanagan, addressing the Irish Syrian community in Portlaoise..

“Thanks a million again, we had a blast and are feeling the effects of it now but Electric Picnic never disappoints, you made our year.”

-Gary Grant, the winner of the Leinster Express Electric Picnic tickets and prize pack.

“It is a race to the bottom and it is going to create a price war if the other retailers decide to join in. They have done the same with vegetables and there are very few vegetable growers left in the country at this stage as a result. It is just not economical or sustainable to stay producing milk, vegetable or any perishable foods when they are being sold basically below cost prices.”

- Chairman of the IFA National Liquid Milk Committee, John Finn at the IFA protest this week.

"A lad landed upside down in his car in our drive in May. When a car comes upside down in your drive - it's that ad on the telly - this road is lethal,".

-Kilmullen Road resident Alan Douglas at a meeting to demand road safety measures.

“I am overwhelmed by the way that people from all over lovely Laois got behind this, it shows county wide community spirit and a great sense of awareness of the homeless crisis in Ireland. People are so thoughtful and generous. Not only are the sleeping bags being returned to me at a rapid rate but people are making great donations too. It just goes to show how nice and thoughtful that people really are”.

-Tom Duffy from Portlaoise Action to Homelessness, 1,000 sleeping bags gathered at Electric Picnic were washed by the local community.

“It is absolutely fantastic, the whole community got into this competition from day one. Without the whole community pulling together this wouldn’t have been possible. Everyone put in a phenomenal amount of work. We are over the moon. This would never have happened without the community spirit in Abbeyleix and all the volunteers who come out every Tuesday night.”

-John Joe Fennelly, Chairperson of Abbeyleix Tidy Towns speaking about the Entente Florale Competion.