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Unfortunate use of words and political damage: The week in quotes

“I’m gonna eat. I’m going to eat loads of food and drink a few pints and spent a lot of time with the family.”

IT WAS A week when Rehab Group CEO Angela Kerins retired.

The Minister of Justice survived a vote of confidence, and Irish soldiers returned home from Syria.

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

rehab-at-pac-committees Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

In recent months, I have become increasingly concerned about the toll that public controversy has taken on the Rehab Group and my own family.

Rehab Group CEO Angela Kerins retired.

A New Face For The Garda. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It was an unfortunate use of the word.

How the interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan described said her predecessor’s use of the word “disgusting” in relation to Garda whistle blowers, which eventually contributed to his retirement.


You have no interest in anything else other than political damage.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s response to calls from the Fianna Fáil benches that former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had been made a “scapegoat”.

Clive Dunne

I’m gonna eat. I’m going to eat loads of food and drink a few pints and spent a lot of time with the family.

Sergeant Clive Dunne revealed his plans for the coming weeks after arriving back from a six month tour of duty at the Golan Heights.


I had the golden window of opportunity to get help. I wasn’t given that. It was taken from me.

Michael Riordan told a Prime Time Investigates programme of his wife’s tragic death. After she began choking on food, he called on ambulance. It took twenty minutes for it to arrive, despite the nearest hospital being just three minutes away.

File Photo The Taoiseach has told the Dail the Prison Service inadvertently recorded conversations between inmates and solicitors. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Prisoners [...] who had more than one solicitor in the system, had been inadvertently recorded as they were outside the restriction parameters.

Obama-NSA-Surveillance Source: AP/Press Association Images

This reopened the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago.

US President Barack Obama’s words in the wake of another shooting at this military base.

The Taoiseach told the Dáil of another facet of the on-going call recording controversies.

Young Fine Gael Meetings MEP Mairead McGuinness Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

There’s no doubt there has been damage done.

MEP Mairead McGuinness said that Fine Gael’s upcoming election campaigns have been affected by GardaGate.

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