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'I'll sell less Prosecco, but you'll sell less fish and chips': The week in quotes

Here’s what was said and who said what this week.

Campaign 2016 Trump Hotel Source: Manuel Balce Ceneta

I am not trying to get “top level security clearance” for my children. This was a typically false news story.

Where else to start quotes of the week, but with a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump. He was referring to reports that he had requested security clearance for his children, who are expected to control his vast business empire while he is in office.

Facebook CEO Upset Neighbors Source: AP/Press Association Images

Popular posts carrying fake health claims have served to peddle bogus medical cures and undermine public health campaigns around the world. False claims carried online have been used to incite violence in countries such as Nepal and Nigeria. Spurious allegations on Facebook led to a woman being beaten to death in Brazil.
Facebook should strengthen users’ ability to identify fake posts and false news by themselves, as the scale of the problem is too vast for a purely top-down approach.

A section of an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who defended claims that the social network was helping to spread false news.

TheJournal.ie FactCheck was among the signatories.

dave2-4-390x285 Source: RTÉ

There are so many things I’d love to do every day. There are things I want to learn, I want to spend more time with my girlfriend, do more foraging, more walks and adventures. My main problem is trying to fit everything into the day, to be honest.
It’s not social to be on social media.

Mark Boyle has been off social media already for a year – and he doesn’t miss it one bit.

Hillary Clinton Source: Cliff Owen

There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs, and never leave the house again.

Hillary Clinton told an auditorium of donors and guests at the Children’s Defence Fund, where she reassured the auditorium that “America is worth it”.

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Which invasion? … We didn’t invade Crimea.

The Russian ambassador Maxim Alexandrovich Peshkov gave this response to a barrage of questions about Russia’s involvement in Syria. He made the comments before an Oireachtas Committee to talk about Syria, the Ukraine and other issues.

EU referendum Source: PA Wire/PA Images

I said, ‘no way.’ He said, ‘you’ll sell less Prosecco.’ I said, ‘OK, you’ll sell less fish and chips, but I’ll sell less Prosecco to one country and you’ll sell less to 27 countries.’ Putting things on this level is a bit insulting.

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Italian economics minister Carlo Calenda giving as good as he gets after the UK’s foreign minister Boris Johnson warned that Italy would sell less alcohol if it didn’t cut a deal with Britain in the wake of Brexit.

File Photo Founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation Jonathan Irwin described himself as being sad and disappointed at the news that planning permission has been granted for the new children’s hospital on the site of St James’s hospital in Dubl Jonathan Irwin. Source: RollingNews.ie

I know Pat. When he first met me, he treated me as if I was a beetle to be crushed under foot, but we got to know each other. I’m a bit like the rabbit, who is absolutely entranced by the snake.

Jonathan Irwin of the Jack and Jill Foundation defending the former head of the Olympic Council of Ireland, expressing his satisfaction that his “old pal Pat Hickey” had received permission to leave Brazil.

Frozen girl court case The Royal Courts of Justice in London Source: Andrew Matthews/AP

I am only 14-years-old and I don’t want to die but I know I am going to die. I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up — even in hundreds of years’ time.

A letter from a girl with terminal cancer to a UK judge who ruled this week to allow her body to be flown to the US to be frozen.

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