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Stone hearts and dark nights: The week in quotes

“Stuck in a lift with half the Cabinet on Budget Day. Late for RTE. What are the chances?”

IT WAS A week when Ministers Noonan and Howlin announced what would be contained in Budget 2014’s €2.5 billion adjustment to the economy.

A crime boss was freed after 17 years behind bars and a kangaroo paid an unwelcome visit to a pharmacy.

All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:

Stone hearts and dark nights: The week in quotes
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  • Quotes of the Week

    “Today, the Labour and Fine Gael parties are kicking our young people in the teeth once again and this time they are kicking them even harder, giving them the choice of suffering even more hardship and poverty at home or taking the boat or plane.” - Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó’Snodaigh and his party accuse the government of forcing young people into emigration following Tuesday’s Budget.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    “I’d say to someone who is standing there in a room where they feel there are no windows and no doors, just black. I would say take time, a door will open, someone will be at that door. You can go to the door as well, anyone can find their own door out – they just have to ask.” - Kerry Teenager Donal Walsh continues to inspire his peer group, even after his untimely death, in a video produced by the HSE broadcast for the first time on Saturday night.Source: HSE Ireland via YouTube
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    "This girl [Veronica Guerin], Lord have mercy on her, she never wrote one word about me...I’m after being on trial and been proved nothing’s ever happened.” - Freed crime boss John Gilligan, who led the gang that carried out Veronica Guerin’s murder, speaks to reporters outside a house in Dublin.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    “Nobody is ideologically committed to austerity. Austerity is what is left, after Fianna Fáil in Government drove the economy into the ground and led us beholden, like the famine victims of old, to seek relief outside this country.” - Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin likens recent austerity budgets to the Great Famine while announcing his Budget 2014 adjustment measures in the Dáil.Source: Screengrab
  • Quotes of the Week

    “I was behind the counter, and then Lisa said ‘There’s a kangaroo in the shop’ and I just kept on doing what i was doing. I thought it was a bit of a joke.” Johnson Law describes the moment he and his collegues realised there was a kangaroo loose in their pharmacy in Melbourne Airport, Australia.Source: The Telegraph via YouTube
  • Quotes of the Week

    “It’s a shameful Budget, it’s an unjust Budget, it’s a Budget that targets the young, the sick and the old, the most vulnerable aspects of society. And it doesn’t take into account the current circumstances of these people despite the fact they would be marginalised by previous austerity measures.” - Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Peter Kavanagh of Active Retirement Ireland reacts angrily to a Budget which affected the elderly.Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ie via YouTube
  • Quotes of the Week

    “Why do people do it? Like, and why do they make smokes in the first place?” - Third class pupils at Tallaght’s Scoil Aonghusa were given a look at a sample selection of new plain cigarette packaging, prompting some interesting perspectives on smoking.Source: Irish Cancer Society via YouTube
  • Quotes of the Week

    “As W.B. Yeats said in Easter 1916 “too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart”. I know that there is a view that the consolidation should go further, but people have already made many sacrifices.” - Minister for Finance Michael Noonan references Yeats during his Budget 2014 speech.Source: Screengrab
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    “People are being pushed to the pin of their collar. We have the winter as well, which brings its own problems to people in relation to dark days, dark nights, people at the end of their tether, Christmas season coming up, so unfortunately there will be some people who are with us now [...] who may not be here in January, because they’ve decided they can’t take anymore and they have decided to end their own life.” - Gary, a volunteer at Cork Penny Dinners, speaks to TheJournal.ie about the problems faced by those struggling to make ends need.Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ie via YouTube
  • Quotes of the Week

    “Stuck in a lift with half the Cabinet on Budget Day. Late for RTE. What are the chances? #Budget2014” Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) tweets from a lift affected by a power cut in Dublin city centre, just half an hour before Budget speeches begin.Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

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