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Kangaroo courts and guns on the table: The week in quotes

“You may be smiling minister, but I’m going to hit you between the eyes… in relation to facts and statistics.”

IT WAS A week when the banking inquiry finally lumbered into motion.

Alan Shatter gave a blistering speech on the report that led to his resignation, and the weather was actually kinda nice.

All that – and more – it’s the week in quotes.

29/4/2013. Hotline.ie Annual Reports Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

These principles are crucial to the Rule of Law and ignoring them places in peril a value system crucial to the well-being of all our citizens and all who reside in the State. To ignore them is to endorse the creation of kangaroo courts as dramatically depicted in Kafkas book “The Trial”.

TD for Dublin South Alan Shatter lambasted the report that led to his resignation as Minister for Justice.

Margaretta D' Arcy released. Pictured Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

We are now a blood-ridden country… we now can be accused of being war criminals.

Activist Margaretta D’Arcy made a strong presentation to an Oireachtas committee on the use of Irish airspace and Shannon Airport by, in particular, the US Military and CIA.

Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube

Minister of State at the Department of Health spoke on the issue of cannabis legalisation, and whether or not he has ever partaken himself.

The Best Ice Cream In Ireland Is Available At Teddy's In Dun Laoghaire Source: infomatique via Flickr/Creative Commons

If this afternoon is as good as it’s supposed to be, things could be tight tomorrow.

Things were touch and go in Teddy’s in Dun Laoghaire during the heatwave, ice cream seller Craig Macintosh said.

Independent Td's Conferences Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

You may be smiling minister, but I’m going to hit you between the eyes… in relation to facts and statistics.

Finnian McGrath’s words during a colourful debate in the Dáil over Mattie McGrath’s scrap metal bill.

Consultation Seminar on Justice Reform. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

I can’t guarantee perfection on my watch. But I can give it a good try, and I will give it a good try.

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said she would do her best during her time in the role.

Source: Late Show with David Letterman/YouTube

Ireland is the greatest place on Earth.

Actor Paul Rudd expressed his love for that little island we call home.

Promissory Notes Deals Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

It’s essentially like bringing a gun to the table and saying you’re not going to use it. Everyone is still acutely aware that it’s still there.

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Stephen Donnelly wasn’t convinced the government wouldn’t still try to use its whip on the banking inquiry, despite stating that it wouldn’t.

Corona Source: Caitlinator via Flickr/Creative Commons

My ma was an alcoholic, and that’s solely the reason we were put into care. I don’t ever remember when I was six a social worker coming into the house to make sure that my ma was getting on good, the bills were paid or we were going to school.

A 24-year-old care leaver, Mark Gray, shared his experience.

Bloomsday Weekend Celebrations Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

I said to the surgeon afterwards that I felt I had a 30% chance going in there, and he said ‘if that’.

Senator David Norris (right) spoke about discovering he had liver transplant and a risky operation that was carried out to free an atery trapped by the tumour.

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Neymar… I thought he was f**kin’ dreadin’ it. Sorry, we’re not on air? We’re not, are we? Oh.

Yeah, they were on air, and Eamon Dunphy had to apologise for dropping this f-bomb.

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