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Anti-Enda sentiment and atrocities: The week in quotes

“I might go and have a drink now, believe it or not. Cheers.”

IT WAS A week when the seeming inevitability of US intervention in Syria gave way to a Russian-led push for the Assad regime to give up its chemical weapons.

There was plenty of activity on the domestic political front as TDs and Senators prepare for the return of the Oireachtas next week and Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell was cleared of rape charges.

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

Anti-Enda sentiment and atrocities: The week in quotes
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  • Week in quotes

    “We leave this country with emotion because we understand the Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international reputation and they have our utmost respect.” - Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli leave their posts with the Republic of Ireland. Source: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
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    “I’m not surprised [to be linked with the job] because I did a good job last time. But Martin O’Neill is getting the job as far as I’m aware. That’s totally nailed on. He’s a shoo-in for it.” - Former boss Mick McCarthy knows who is replacing Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager. Source: Stephen Pond
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    “It is not an exaggeration to say that we live in times where economic worth is primarily seen as a matter of productive capacity.” - President Michael D Higgins speaks out on the economy and austerity… again Source: Sam Boal
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    “As a PIP, I would be making a very strong case, for example, that am, that a solicitor should have a bigger house that accords with his professional status in society, so that his neighbours and clients can see that, yes, this person is a good solicitor who is living in a good house.” - Personal Insolvency Practitioner Jim Stafford (right) later apologised for these remarks.
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    “I don’t have any anti-Enda Kenny sentiment.” - Lucinda Creighton, a new Reform Alliance TD, insists she’s not trying to undermine the Taoiseach or Fine Gael. Source: Sam Boal
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    “I might go and have a drink now, believe it or not. Cheers.” - Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell is cleared of rape and sexual offences. Source: Eamonn & James Clarke
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    “When dictators commit atrocities, they depend on the world to look the other way until those horrifying pictures fade from memory.” - US President Barack Obama on events in Syria in a speech to the nation this week. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    "You should expect everything.” - Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on how his regime will retaliate against any US strike. Source: AP
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    “No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect.” - In an article for the New York Times, Russian president Vladimir Putin warns against military intervention in Syria. Source: Alexander Zemlianichenko
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    “Politics is no kind of Cinderella game, it’s tough, it’s not a bed of roses and anyone who goes into politics, they know that.”- Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe on the realities of political life. Source: Sam Boal

Pics: Screengrabs, Inpho, Photocall Ireland, and Press Association

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