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A pint or two and premier league allowances: The week in quotes

“We are the poorer for his passing today but Ireland is very much the richer for his labours.”

IT WAS A week Father Alec Reid, one of the most influential figures in the Northern Ireland peace process, passed away.

Several voluntary hospitals and health agencies were found to be in breach of rules on allowances for senior staff, and Michael McGrath’s Facebook page was hacked.

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

A pint or two and premier league allowances: The week in quotes
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    “We are the poorer for his passing today but Ireland is very much the richer for his labours.” — Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore also extended his sympathies to Father Reid. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    “Hundreds of players come from Ireland and they are going to have to start lower down now. If that doesn’t change, I think it’s a bit worrying for us.” — Footballer Robbie Keane had some concerns about the the lack of support in place for young players. Source: Mark Stedman
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    “His ministering of the last rites to the two British corporals brutally killed in 1988 offered us an image of decency struggling to assert itself amidst brutality.” — President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to Father Alec Reid, who was extremely influential during Northern Ireland’s peace process. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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    “Considering the absolute trauma that they were under, they are doing remarkably well. But it is going to be a slow process. They are going to have to rebuild their lives and that’s not going to be easy as they have come out with absolutely nothing at all.” — Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity, commented on the future of three women discovered in London who had been enslaved for 30 years. Source: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
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    “If a TD has a pint or two I don’t think that’s a problem for me and I don’t think it’s a problem for the citizens of the country either.” — A TV3 survey that revealed 17 TDs had consumed alcohol before entering the Dáil chamber, something Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg wasn’t concerned about. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
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    "These premier league allowances were exempt from that review, were not included and have been tolerated on an ongoing basis." — Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin condemned that Section 38 hospitals and health agencies were left out of a review on allowances. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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    “If those workers were to withdraw their labour, I’ve no doubt that there would be a disruption to service.” —The secretary of the ESB group of unions Brendan Ogle said that power cuts cannot be ruled out if workers strike. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    "I have been personally vilified over the last few days. This has been utterly unwarranted." — Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony defended salary top-ups she received. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    "I definitely did not go on to that website and like the page. I’m not sure where that image originated." — Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath said his Facebook page was hacked after the account ‘liked’ a site delivering pictures of MILFs. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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