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'I had to believe she was alive': The week in quotes
“We will be vigilant but we will not run scared.”

IT WAS WEEK when Irish Water, Mairia Cahill, and a shooting in the Canadian parliament dominated the headlines.

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

: Mairia Cahill addresses the media outs graph: Stephen Kilkenny / Photocall Ireland graph: Stephen Kilkenny / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

I think his behaviour is beyond reprehensible now. I am calling for him to do the decent thing and step down.

Mairia Cahill on Gerry Adams.

File Photo Water Pressure Alan Kelly says John Tierney should be out facing the public and I'll tell him that. Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

There’s a recognition that this is probably one of the most difficult jobs anybody was ever asked to undertake.

John Tierney on his position as managing director of Irish Water.

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A group of Irishmen used a Times Square billboard to share a message with our Taoiseach.

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George Orwell said that the function of political language is often ‘to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind’. If that is the case, the function of the language of Irish Water is to give the appearance of pure balderdash to – well – pure balderdash.

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea on his experiences with dealing with Irish Water, and trying to make sense of why the utility needs PPS numbers.

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Why are we being given legal opinions which we haven’t sought? There’s a pattern developing that is deliberately trying to muzzle us.

Independent TD Shane Ross questioned why the Public Accounts Committee was given unsolicited legal advice.


I had to believe she was alive.

Ann Boyle, mother of Mary (pictured) who went missing 37 years ago, spoke of how the past few decades have been.

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We can no longer tolerate a situation where racial suffering continues to be airbrushed from Irish history.

Evon Brennan of Mixed Race Irish shared the experience of her, and others, at the hands of Ireland’s State institutions.

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We will be vigilant but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic and as for the business of government, well, here we are, in our seats, in our chamber in the very heart of our democracy and our work.

The words of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Canadian parliament, Kevin Vickers, who a day earlier had put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and take down an assailant.

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What I should have probably said was that purified water doesn’t fall out of the sky. Anybody with any kind of a brain at all will understand what I meant…

Senator Martin Conway hit back at online criticism of his comments on Tonight With Vincent Browne.

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I can rest my balls on your forehead.

Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor used some, eh, colourful language in an interview with BT Sport.

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I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit. Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you. Be curious, I know I will forever be.

Stephen Hawking’s first post on Facebook.

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