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Authors of destiny and qualms with everything: The week in quotes

“The link between the Irish nationals and the chlamydia statistics was of the newspaper’s making and not supported by any reported information.”

IT WAS A week when Ireland saw the end of its bailout programme.

The entire board of the Central Remedial Clinic resigned following controversy surrounding top-up payments, and it looked like more TDs might join Fianna Fáil.

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

Authors of destiny and qualms with everything: The week in quotes
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  • The week in quotes

    "The real heroes and heroines are Irish people. They’ve had taxes increased and services cut, yet they sustained the course and supported the government as we implemented the programme." — Minister for Finance Michael Noonan praised the Irish people for bearing the brunt of the bailout programme.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • The week in quotes

    “I’ve qualms with everything to do with this.” - Former Central Remedial Clinic CEO Paul Kiely responded to questions from the PAC about funding at the Clinic.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    "All the parties can join me, let them swivel their sights around to what is worthy of their resources. Forget about party politics, it’s to do what’s right." — Independent TD Peter Matthews refused to be drawn on whether he would apply to join Fianna Fáil, and instead focused on his non-party debt writedown mission.Source: Eleanor Keegan/Photocall Ireland
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    "There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry. It’s the situation I found myself in" — The man who impersonated a sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral blamed the incident on a schizophrenic episode.Source: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images
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    “I want to say to Irish people: we’re your neighbours and friends, we care for your children and your grandparents. We serve you in cafés and we shop in your stores." — Spokesperson with Justice for Undocumented Allan Danou called for awareness of the plight of undocumented migrants ahead of Christmas.Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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    "We are not authors of our own destiny" — Minister Richard Bruton was positive about Ireland's bailout exit.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
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    “The link between the Irish nationals and the chlamydia statistics was of the newspaper’s making and not supported by any reported information." — The New Zealand Press Council criticsed an article that linked the rise in chlamydia to the upsurge in Irish construction workers in the country.Source: NASA
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    “If you want to have a debate about the past you can start by clarifying for everybody in this country whether or not you were a member of the IRA... Nobody believes you, nobody believes you.” — Taoiseach Enda Kenny called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to clear up a long-standing issue.Source: Screenshot via Oireacthas.ie
  • The week in quotes

    I think it is important to say the former members of the board have a duty of care to the CRC and I hope they will co-operate with the work of the Public Accounts Committee until this matter is fully resolved. - PAC Chair John McGuinness hoped for the continued co-operation of the CRC board of governors follow their resignation.Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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