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Glorified piss and tossers: The week in quotes

“They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favourite tunes.”

IT WAS A week when the St Vincent’s Hospital refused to disclose how much they pay senior staff in additional payments.

NAMA came under scrunity for reported information leaks, and an Independent TD gave a government minister a glass of ‘glorified piss’.

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

Glorified piss and tossers: The week in quotes
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    "They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favourite tunes." — Animal rights organisation ARAN urged RTÉ not to air an episode of Ear to the Ground which featured a turkey being killed.Source: Andrea Westmoreland via Flickr/Creative Commons
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    “The final conclusion is that whilst there is a possibility the alleged comments in relation to the SAS’s involvement in the deaths may have been made, there is no credible evidence to support a theory that such claims had any basis in fact" — A Scotland Yard investigation concluded that the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997 was not murder.
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    "We looked at the matter… of how burden sharing should be done and if certain conditions were (met), we thought sharing the burden with unsecured senior creditors of banks was an option that ought to be explored." — Chief Negotiator for the IMF Ajai Chopra told RTÉ's Prime Time that his organisation was in favour of burning the bondholders.Source: AP Photo/Peter Morrison
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    "Tosser" — Professor Bill Tormey took a dim view of a pledge by Noel Rock, a Fine Gael candidate for Dublin City Council, to not take expenses if elected next year.Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
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    "I think I was lying on the couch at the time eating a bag of Maltesers and a bag of popcorn when I should have been in college. I said ‘get up you fat pig, you better go for a run’." — Kieran Bergin on the phone call from the Tipperary hurlers that saw him make his Championship debut at the age of 27.Source: INPHO/James Crombie
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    "It would be wrong to give the impression that Europe has created a problem for Ireland. It was the banking sector in Ireland that was one of the biggest problems in the world in terms of banking stability, let’s be honest." — Head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso placed some of the blame for the 2008 financial crisis on Ireland.Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
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    “The people in my area are expected to drink glorified piss and you’re going to charge them for it, but the reality is we’re not going to pay for it." — During a Dáil debate on the Water Services Bill, Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan argued that his constituents are 'forced' to drink contaminated water, and proceeded to give Minister Fergus O'Dowd a small vial of it.Source:
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    "I am in receipt of information which, in my view, will rock the National Assets Management Agency, NAMA, to its very core." — Fianna Fáil senator Darragh O'Brien said he had information in his possession that shows impropriety by employees of NAMA.Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    "It was like a wall of wind and rain" — Local resident Noel Doran described the 'red alert' weather conditions moments before a portion of Cork's Kent Railway Station collapsed.Source: Noel Doran
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    "You are a sexual predator. You are dangerous. The public, and in particular young females and children, need protection from you." — Mr Justice Royce of Cardiff Crown Court sentenced the former lead singer of Lostprophets, Ian Watkins, to up to 17 years in prison for a string of child sexual offences.Source: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
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    "In light of the Minister’s comments this morning and the concerns raised today and the fact that we’re fed up with this nonsense, that you send someone out from here now and ask John McPhillips and St. Vincent’s what they intend to do next." - PAC chairman John McGuinness described the stance of St. Vincent’s hospital as “seriously unsatisfactory” following their refusal to disclose how much they pay senior staff in additional payments.Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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