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Celebration and frustration: The week in quotes

“I’m going to Ibiza with the lads! I’ll probably come back a raging alcoholic.”

IT WAS A week of celebration (hopefully) in which the wait for Leaving Cert results finally came to an end for over 55,000 students. Minister Quinn urged them to “to look forward to the next chapter” in their lives, whatever that may be.

Ireland’s Olympic athletes also returned home, hiccups and all. The sporting news wasn’t to be all good, however. Irish goalkeeper Shay Given retired from international football after 16 years. Regrets? He may have a few. Frustrations? One in particular.

All that and more, in the week in quotes:

Celebration and frustration: The week in quotes
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  • Week in quotes

    "We’re very pleased that the DPP has decided to appeal this. We hope the victim herself will feel that she is getting justice by the DPP appealing this lenient sentence." - Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop. (Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)
  • Week in quotes

    "I'm going to Ibiza with the lads! I’ll probably come back a raging alcoholic." - Katie Taylor. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Week in quotes

    "We're going to Bundoran. Yeah [Taylor could go], if Pete [her father] was alright with it." - Paddy Barnes. (Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
  • Week in quotes

    "It's without substance, and those few stupid words have taken the gloss off everything Katie has achieved." - Peter Taylor, responding to whether he had any part to play in the homecoming of Ireland's Olympic athletes. (Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
  • Week in quotes

    "Taking people to court, or prosecuting them, that's not the business we're in. We are in the business of supplying local services to communities." - LGMA CEO Paul McSweeney, speaking of those who have still to pay the household charge. (Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)
  • Week in quotes

    "The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary this afternoon as a precautionary measure." - palace spokeswoman. (Photocall Ireland)
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    "You deserve to celebrate your achievements and to look forward to the next chapter in your lives." - Minister Quinn, congratulating those who received their Leaving Cert results this week. (Laura hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Week in quotes

    "Looking back, I don't think we’ll ever get over what happened in Paris that night. It was extremely frustrating." - Shay Given. (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
  • Week in quotes

    "I like to play with words. It's fun and it's my job." - Terry Pratchett. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)
  • Week in quotes

    "We know our fans expect instant success but that's easier said than done and overall I am happy with our performance and the result." - Giovanni Trapattoni, reacting to Ireland's 0-0 draw against Serbia. (James Horan/Photocall Ireland)
  • Week in quotes

    "I said, 'Well, that's pretty sexist and discriminatory. You can't just say because I'm a man I can't sit there.'" - Johnny McGirr, responding to the policy of Virgin Australia which bars men from sitting beside unaccompanied children. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Virgin Atlantic)

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