Erin Quote #130

Quote from Erin in The Agreement

James: So... we're all 18 now. We're all officially adults. So tell me, Erin, how does that make you feel?
Erin: Good.
James: Very profound.
Erin: No, shut up. No, it's good. It's exciting.
James: Yeah?
Erin: Yeah. And maybe a wee bit scary too, you know. There's a part of me that wishes everything could just stay the same. That we could all just stay like this forever. There's a part of me that doesn't really want to grow up. I'm not sure I'm ready for it. I'm not sure I'm ready for the world.
Margaret Thatcher: [archive footage] Crime is crime is crime. It is not political, it is crime.
Erin: But things can't say the same, and they shouldn't.
John Hume: [archive footage] I think a real and historic opportunity now exists to take the gun out of Irish politics forever.
Erin: No matter how scary it is, we have to move on, and we have to grow up, because things... well, they might just change for the better.
[polling booth montage: Joe enters the booth with Baby Anna. Mary votes yes. Father Peter. Aunt Sarah inspects her nails. Joe shows his yes vote to Anna. Gerry. Deidre. Geraldine. Sister Michael. Dennis. Eammon. Colm. Jim.]
Erin: So we have to be brave.
[polling booth montage continues: Chief Inspector Byers]
David Cameron: [archive footage] What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. On behalf of the Government, indeed, on behalf of our country, I am deeply sorry. [cheering]
Neil Young: [archive footage] My name is Neil Young, brother of John, who was murder on Bloody Sunday, and has now been vindicated as innocent!
Erin: And if our dreams get broken along the way... we have to make new ones from the pieces.
James: You should write that down.
Erin: Well, maybe I will someday.
[polling booth montage continues: Erin votes yes, James votes yes, Claire votes yes, Michelle votes yes, Orla chews her pencil and votes yes with a smiley face]
Man: [v.o.] Yes... 71.12%.
News Anchor: [v.o.] A record-breaking turnout, an overwhelming majority. The people of Northern Ireland have spoken. The country has just taken its first step into the future.


 ‘The Agreement’ Quotes

Quote from Aunt Sarah

News Anchor: [on TV] Some of the proposed reforms have proved extremely controversial, particularly the early release of paramilitary prisoners. And now, with only days until the referendum takes place, voters across the country must get to grips with this booklet, a 30-page document laying out the Good Friday Agreement in simple terms...
Joe: Simple terms! Simple terms my arse. I've read through thon introduction 30 bloody times. I'm still none the wiser.
Mary: [opens microwave] Wow.
Aunt Sarah: Well, according to Shauna Sharkey, if you vote yes, you're allowed to swing both ways.
Gerry: What's that now?
Aunt Sarah: Well, you can be Irish, you can be British, or you can be bi.
Gerry: OK, I don't think "bi" is the correct term.
Joe: Says here you can hold both passports.
Mary: Two passports? That'd come in handy. I'm forever losing mine. I think I wouldn't mind being bi, you know.

Quote from Granda Joe

Joe: Er, the release of all paramilitary prisoners, both flavours.
[Joe points to two different packets of Tayto Cheese & Onion crisps]
Gerry: Both flavours?
Mary: Loyalist and Republican.
Gerry: Of course.
Mary: This is what I don't understand. What happens to the lads when they get out? I mean, what does an ex-paramilitary do?
Joe: Gardening.
Gerry: Gardening?
Joe: Have you any better suggestions?

Quote from Granda Joe

Joe: Right, as far as I can make out, this thing has two main aims. Firstly, to stop us all killing one another.
Aunt Sarah: Fair enough.
Joe: And secondly, to allow us to govern ourselves from here, rather than England.
Aunt Sarah: From Derry?
Joe: I would say so.
Gerry: Would it not be more likely to be Belfast? Belfast is the capital.
Mary: Aye, but that was an oversight, Gerry.