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Loaded terms and dark chapters: The week in quotes

“This is a very dark chapter from our past which we will confront in this generation.”

Dr Philip Crowley.
Dr Philip Crowley.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

IT WAS A week when a serving Garda appeared before the Public Accounts Committee.

Louise O’Keeffe won her case against Ireland in the Europe Court of Human Rights, and several people were injured in a crush outside Copper Face Jacks.

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

Loaded terms and dark chapters: The week in quotes
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  • The week in quotes

    “This is a very dark chapter from our past which we will confront in this generation. The full scale of the response to that I am not able to say.” - Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn responds to the European Court of Human Rights ruling that the state was liable for sexual abuse suffered in schools.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • The week in quotes

    “It is clear that we are facing a recruitment crisis for consultant posts as well as great challenges in retaining or attracting home our graduates." - The stark warning of an internal HSE report, delivered to CEO Tony O'Brien and seen by RTÉ's Prime Time, on the problems hospitals face in recruiting consultancy staff.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • The week in quotes

    "Recent comments by that minority pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing." - Minsiter for Justice Alan Shatter clarified why he referred the penalty points controversy away from the Public Accounts Committee to the Garda Ombudsman.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • The week in quotes

    “He was regarded as one of the association’s most promising up and coming hurling referees and was highly respected by his peers.” - GAA President Liam O'Neill paid tribute to referee Shane Hourigan (pictured), who died in a car accident earlier this week.Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • The week in quotes

    "Too loaded a term to be used to categorise those who hold contrary views on what is a matter for legitimate public debate." - How Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte described using the word "homophobia".Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire
  • The week in quotes

    “My call really would be please work on the legislation quickly. Please don’t leave it go on for months and years. It’s crucial, please act on it." - Louise O'Keeffe's response to the Taoiseach apologising for the abuse she suffered in the early 1970s.Source: Screenshot via RTÉ
  • The week in quotes

    "Clear, comprehensive and helpful to the committee’s investigation." - Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD described the evidence given by the whistleblower Garda Maurice McCabe (pictured) to the Public Accounts Committee over the penalty points controversy.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • The week in quotes

    “It would not be in the public interest for An Garda Síochána to pursue the question of legal proceedings against an Oireachtas Committee.” - Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan (pictured) said he would not take legal proceedings against the Public Accounts Committee, despite having reservations over Garda McCabe's appearance before it.Source: Photocall Ireland

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