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Old Man River and the romance is gone: The week in quotes

“We have examples here of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps.”

IT WAS A week when the political parties did some thinking and the Dáil returned.

The government promised a swift-ish resolution to the Priory Hall situation and Pope Francis gave a fascinating insight into his thinking.

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

Old Man River and the romance is gone: The week in quotes
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    “I was once in the IRA. I am now a peace builder. I don’t expect anyone to take me at my word. I expect them to take me by my deeds.” - Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness at the Peace Centre in Warrington, a UK town that the IRA bombed two decades ago. He was invited by one victim’s father, Colin Parry (left). Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    “I’m not scared. I’m Old Man River. Tired of living and scared of dying. I could do without the daily pain. But I’m not scared.” - Musician, broadcaster and journalist Shay Healy on dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
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    “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” - Pope Francis says the Catholic Church can’t be talking about abortion, gay marriage and contraception all the time.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    "I would like to thank An Taoiseach, who has personally assured me that a swift solution will now be found so that the Priory Hall homeowners can move on with their lives. I hope that a solution is forthcoming within 21 days, as stated by Minister Hogan." - Stephanie Meehan, whose partner took his own life, on her hopes for a swift resolution to the Priory Hall debacle.
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    "We have examples here of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps” - that's the reality." - Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald on childhood obesity. Source: Sam Boal
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    “The romance is gone, yet the relationship continues, out of habit more than anything else, because it’s comfortable, it’s familiar, because she has someone to go to the cinema with on a Sunday night. Maybe it would be better if we just made a clean break.” - Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy compares the Seanad to his relationship with an ex-girlfriend. Source: Laura Hutton
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    "It’s like conducting an inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic without being able to look at the ship." - Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath on the probable exclusion of Anglo Irish Bank from the first part of the Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crisis. Source: Laura Hutton
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    “Given all we know about the dangers of smoking, we cannot allow deceptive marketing gimmicks to be used to lure our children into a deadly addiction that will ultimately kill half of those who become addicted.” - Health Minister James Reilly on the need for plain packaging on cigarettes. Source: Mark Stedman
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    "I'd like Roy Keane to get it. I haven't actually met him but he was one of my heroes growing up: him and Sonia O'Sullivan.” - Irish boxing legend Katie Taylor on who should get the Republic of Ireland job. Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!
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    "It’s not funny Minister. A friend of mine is dead." - Labour TD Tommy Broughan as he attempts to raise the Priory Hall issue in the Dáil. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pics: Photocall Ireland and Press Association

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