Marriage in our Constitution is very clear that it's a man marrying a woman, largely with a view to having a natural family, and if they are unable to do that, obviously then they can adopt.

I am a gay man. It's not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know.

There should be no economic border at all between the North and South.

I have expressed a very strong view that no health minister on their own can turn the health service around.

We really need to come behind and press for marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

I think Sinn Fein remains the greatest threat to our democracy and our prosperity as a state.

Whatever happens with Brexit, what I am absolutely convinced will not happen is that free movement of individuals, free movement of people, will not change, North and South without passports.

I have enormous respect for people who come from a strong family background in Fine Gael.

We need to stand over our policies when negotiating a programme for government.

I have always stuck my neck out on policy issues.

I miss being able to have a drink in my local pub, which I can't do anymore, or being able to go to the shops without every second person staring at me and looking at my basket to see what I'm buying.

I always think that friends and family are off-bounds. I went into politics; they didn't.

We can't have a government that will collapse in three months.

An agreement is an agreement, and when you make it, you should stick to it.

I was with my mum in the shops, a ladies boutique or something, and I was asked what I wanted to be when I grow up. I think you're supposed to say an ambulance man or a footballer or a soldier or something like that, and I told all my mother's friends that I wanted to be Minister for Health. She was mortified, needless to say.

What I would rather see, what I think would be the best outcome, is a very close relationship between the United Kingdom and the E.U.

In any walk of life, it's very easy to judge people's actions in retrospect.

What I see around the world are movements around people like Macron in France and Trudeau in Canada.

My job as Taoiseach, and the job of any government, of course, is to represent all people.

I have a good social life.

We will, of course, work with whoever Americans decide to elect as president.

The idea that you could send agricultural products to Tokyo and Osaka and not pay tariffs, and you would have to pay tariffs sending them to Manchester, is quite hard to fathom in the modern world.

The gutter is Bertie Ahern's natural habitat.

I'm not going to tell the American president how to run America, but I think it is important that when friends are speaking to each other that they are able to be very frank in the views that are exchanged, and I certainly will be doing that.

Part of my mission, if I have that opportunity as leader, is to take Sinn Fein on.

Those of us who are in the centre believe in opening up to the world, believe migration on balance is a good thing if it is managed properly, and believe that multilateralism is the best way to solve problems.

The Government needs to be honest and straight with people.

I don't know why, but I've had an interest and passion for politics.

My difficulty with the whole right-left construct is that I don't think it describes modern politics or the modern choices that people face in the world.

We have an educated and cynical electorate.

We would only need a bespoke solution for Northern Ireland if Britain leaves the Single Market.

One of the big problems in Dail Eireann is the lack of women.

Unless people who voted for unionist parties are suddenly going to vote for a united Ireland, which I don't believe will happen, a border poll will be defeated.

What I do now is I train in the mornings, and people ask me why I do it. I do it for two reasons: first of all, to keep in shape, but secondly, I think training, sport, and physical activity is really good for mental health.

Enda Kenny has the full support of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.

What I would like to build is a new centre, a wider, broader centre, which would encompass a lot of different philosophies - you know, the philosophy that I'm putting forward that is a market liberal philosophy and a socially liberal philosophy but would have room in it for a broader church than that.

My mum wanted me to be a doctor like my dad, and at 7, I really wanted to be a politician, and I managed in my mind to combine the two.

We should advocate that the North should stay in the customs union and the single market and that any customs checks should be in the ports and airports, not on land borders.

Prejudice has no hold in this Republic.

People need to trust what gardai say on the stand, and I can understand that perhaps in a scenario whereby lots of things are happening quickly and people are caught up in the heat of the moment, they may have a recollection that isn't exactly as things happened.

Often, the people who speak loudest about republican values are the least when it comes to honouring them.

Geographically, we are at the periphery of Europe, but I don't see Ireland in that way. The way I see us is as an island at the center of the world.

If I was to describe myself in terms of a political philosophy, I'd cast myself as a social and economic liberal, which is typically what people describe as being left-of-centre on social issues and right-of-centre on economic issues.

It's up to American citizens to decide who they elect as president.

I pledge as Taoiseach to use my office, for as long as I hold it, to advance the cause of LGBT rights, to press for marriage equality across Ireland, to speak up for LGBT rights around the world where they are under attack, and to push for the implementation of the sexual health strategy here at home at a time when it is more important than ever.

If Britain doesn't stay in the Single Market or Customs Union, we are very much in favor of a free trade agreement between the U.K. and Europe. We don't want Britain to be punished for its decision to leave, and it is not in our interests for Britain to be punished because we may be the ones who lose out as much if not more than them.

I don't see myself in politics at 51. I definitely want to do something else.

It was easy for some to jump on the Brexit result and use it to make a land-grab for Northern Ireland, and it was counterproductive.

We always need to bear in mind that when it comes to blood transfusion, it's the person that's receiving the blood who takes the risk, not the person donating it.