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# Said and done
France is ready and too ambitious: The week in quotes
“There is no one more sorry than I about what happened.”

IT WAS A week in which Brian Cowen broke his two-year long silence and gave an interview that none of us have seen but we’ve all read about.

The west dithered over possible intervention in Syria but Britain said a firm ‘no’ to any military action. Back home the Taoiseach received an impassioned letter from a former Priory Hall resident.

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

France is ready and too ambitious: The week in quotes
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  • Week in quotes

    “Perhaps our plans for the country were too ambitious. Maybe we were trying to do more than we should and we weren’t making plans for a worst-case scenario.” - In his first interview in over two years former Taoiseach Brian Cowen gives his views to TG4 on the financial crash.
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    “I now have no home, my children have no permanent home, but most importantly, I have no partner and my children have lost their wonderful dad.” - A former resident of Priory Hall, Stephanie Meehan (pictured), writes to the Taoiseach about the death of her husband who took his own life.
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    "France will be part of it. France is ready." - French president Francois Hollande indicates his country’s willingness to join an intervention in Syria despite the UK ruling itself out.
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    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” - Pat Kenny on his new programme on Newstalk.
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    “There is no one more sorry than I about what happened.” - Speaking to journalists in Offaly Cowen insists he cannot take responsibility for all that happened during the financial crisis.
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    “I remember interviewing [Kilkenny hurling manager] Brian Cody and asking him: ‘What team are you concerned about most?’ and he said: ‘Kilkenny’. So what broadcaster am I most concerned about? It’s Sean O’Rourke." - New Today presenter Séan O’Rourke has no fears about replacing Pat Kenny.
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    “In the shadow of Lincoln’s statue, the burning memory of the fact that he gave his life to preserve the Union and end slavery, Martin Luther King urged his crowd not to drink from the cup of bitterness, but to reach across the racial divide because, he said, we cannot walk alone.” - President Barack Obama pays tribute to Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
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    “Today, it would take Seamus Heaney himself to describe the depth of his loss to us as a nation.” - Taoiseach Enda Kenny pays tribute to the late poet.
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    “The fact that he is on the curriculum for school children on both parts of the island is a fitting tribute to the unique role and resonance he had.” - Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin pays tribute to Seamus Heaney.
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    "It is very clear tonight that, while the House has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that, and the government will act accordingly" - British Prime Minister David Cameron accepts defeat in his attempts to get parliament to support an intervention in Syria.

Pics: Press Association

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