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‘He gives bland a bad name’: The week in quotes

“You’ll be astounded at all the good news I’ll be announcing!”

IT WAS A week when talk of the future of the Seanad gave way to talk about the Budget and what lies ahead.

Another report into the death of Savita Halappanavar was scathing of Irish maternity care and the pacifism of Malala Yousafzai was admired by all.

That and more, it’s the week in quotes:

‘He gives bland a bad name’: The week in quotes
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    “Ireland is the only country in the world since the UN was created to have had somebody in some other country trying to keep innocent people alive, every single solitary day since the UN was born. You’re the only country who can say that.” - Former US president Bill Clinton was full of praise for Ireland when he was in Dublin this week.
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    “I work a 14-hour day, I ain’t doing it for nothing pal.” - Senator David Norris won’t work for free.
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    “I think he’s very knowledgeable and speaks well and isn’t afraid to call it as he sees it. But I don’t think that of Alan Shearer, for example. He gives bland a bad name.” - Eamon Dunphy is a fan of Gary Neville but not so much Alan Shearer in the punditry world. Source: ©INPHO/James Crombie
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    “The findings of this investigation clearly show that where responsibility for implementation of learning is not clearly owned, then learning does not happen.” - A HIQA report into the death of Savita Halappanavar is scathing. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    “If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.” - The pacifism of Malala Yousafzai.
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    “I’m very upfront about the fact that I’m using the Seanad for my political agenda. And there are people in there who are doing the same.” - Fine Gael senator Michael D’Arcy on why he’s in the upper house.
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    “As reckless as a government shutdown is, the economic shutdown caused by America defaulting would be dramatically worse.” - US President Barack Obama warns of the looming ‘debt ceiling’. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    “We can finally put Priory Hall behind us.” - Priory Hall residents welcome a resolution to their two-year plight.
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    “You should pay for the television licence. The trains are not expensive. The TV license is not expensive. There should be no exceptions to that. And if you really have old and infirmed people who need support, that should come through social welfare.” - Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary says that the elderly should pay for their TV licences and travel. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    “You’ll be astounded at all the good news I’ll be announcing!” - Michael Noonan predicts a good Budget on Tuesday. Source: Laura Hutton

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