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King Canute and feeling oppressed: The week in quotes

“I am so far away. I don’t know where I am or what happened.”

IT WAS A week when a video of Panti Bliss discussing the effects of homophobia went viral.

Flooding hit many parts of the country, and the trial of three senior executives of Anglo Irish Bank got underway.

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

King Canute and feeling oppressed: The week in quotes
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  • The week in quotes

    "Only recently, just before Christmas, I walked from my own house around to the Centra where a bunch of teenagers called me 'gay' or some other name they call us. I thought I was living in a society where this stuff isn't acceptable anymore." - Labour TD John Lyons told the Dáil about homophobic abuse he suffered.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    "Sean Quinn needs to be reined in." - The words of Sean Quinn himself in 2008 to the Financial Regulator, according to notes shown to the court in the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives.Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
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    "Putting the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, in charge of the response to the flooding crisis will do very little to reassure the communities affected. It is a King Canute gesture by the Government." - Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams referenced a 11th century Dutch king when criticising the government's response to recent flooding.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    "The video was taken at a family event. Judge Watters recognises her foolish behaviour and would discourage anyone else from repeating what she did." - A statement from Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice’s Office after a judge was filmed taking part in a neknomination.Source: Beau Considine via Flickr/Creative Commons
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    "None of the orders have offered an apology to Magdalene survivors, nor have they contributed to the compensation fund. The Catholic Church has not made any attempt to instigate an internal investigation into Magdalene abuse, nor has it held anyone accountable for what happened." - Justice for Magdalenes criticised a lack of an apology as the State was called on to begin immediate action on the Magdalene Laundries restorative justice scheme.Source: AP Photo/Peter Morrison
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    "... and that feels oppressive." - The motif of the viral speech by Panti Bliss on homophobia.Source: rory oneill/YouTube
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    "It has cost my son his life and our lives will never be the same again. I hope this message is heeded. For us life is virtually over." - Jonny Byrne's (pictured) father appealed to young people to avoid neknominations.Source: Facebook
  • The week in quotes

    "I am so far away. I don’t know where I am or what happened." - The words of a castaway found after lost at sea for more than a year.Source: worldsvideos101 via YouTube

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