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Mother Teresa and wild exaggeration: The week in quotes

“This country has gone wild with exaggeration.”

IT WAS A week when it was decided that Ireland is going it alone, and won’t be perusing a precautionarycredit line after we exit the bailout.

Amendments to Freedom of Information legislation caused controversy, and Paul O’Connell played for ten minutes with a double arm fracture.

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

Mother Teresa and wild exaggeration: The week in quotes
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  • Quotes of the Week

    ”None of us should be satisfied that we really see the poverty around us. We can so easily get caught up in our own concerns, placing them first, that we do not notice that our sight has become blurred towards poverty and suffering. The poor rarely clamour. They just try to survive. When they cry out, the ears of the mainstream may well be too distracted to hear them.” — Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin launched his first food appeal for families in the city since he took up the position ten years ago. Source: Wanderley Massafelli/Photocall Ireland
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    “It does not mean any windfall of cash. It won’t mean that our economic and financial challenges are over.” — Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the decision to exit the bailout programme without a precautionary credit line was the right one. Source:
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    "The number of requests from journalists from all news organisations in Ireland will fall as a result of these amendments, and the resulting efforts to shine a light on the administration of the State will certainly deteriorate. And secrecy will prevail.” — Journalist Gavin Sheridan warned of the dangers of what could happen if amendments to the Freedom of Information Act were made law Source: DCU School of Communications via Youtube
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    “I think I’ve been slightly misunderstood over the years as a somewhat harsh, abrupt, caustic… eh... individual when really those that know me can confirm I’m very warm, soft, and cuddly.” — At a Ryanair jobs launch, CEO Michael O’Leary revealed that he had a softer side. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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    “Credit unions are safe, strong and secure. We are very clear on that. We are backed on that by the Central Bank and the Minister for Finance. Members are also aware that their savings are guaranteed under the Deposit Guarantee Scheme up to €100,000.” — Chief Executive of the Irish League of Credit Unions Kieron Brennan makes it clear that other credit unions won’t follow the same route as Newbridge. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
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    “This country has gone wild with exaggeration.” — Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte criticises the criticism of the Freedom of Information Act amendments tabled this week. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    "You obviously don’t know Martin as well as you think you do. He makes me look like Mother Teresa." — Roy Keane warns of what Martin O’Neil might have in store as Ireland manager. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • Quotes of the Week

    1 “Do they expect me to continue for 28 weeks, to go to work and for people to say to me, ‘are you excited about your baby? Have you done the nursery?’... What do you expect me to say those people? Well no, there’s no point in doing a nursery because I’ve never going to have a baby. The torment that would have caused me was indescribable.” — Ruth Bowie, member of the support group Terminations for Medical Reasons, shared her emotional plea for a change in Ireland’s law. Source: Sinead O'Carroll/
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    “Our members are certainly putting a lot of trust in the HSE to deliver this time. They have failed to deliver time and time again over the last ten years.” — Steve Tweet of the Irish Medical Organisation tells RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that junior doctors are trusting HSE to keep its promise to end the practice of shifts lasting more than 24 hours for hospital doctors. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    "Look, it wasn't that sore or that bad. The doctor said it was nerve damage so you're not going to contradict him. I knew there wasn't long left and my arm could still function fine; it wasn't that sore. I don't think it was the Roy of the Rovers story people think it was. It was frustrating, though, afterwards because when I came off my hand still functioned just fine and I thought I'd be OK. But I got the scan and I had fractured by arm and had fractured at the base of the hand as well." — Paul O'Connell tries to play down playing out the final 10 minutes of the Lions' win over Australia with a double arm fracture. Source: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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