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'I fought against the British Army on the streets of Derry': The week in quotes

Here’s what was said and who said what this week.

He expanded the definition of ‘us’, and shrunk the definition of ‘them’.

Former US president Bill Clinton, speaking at the funeral of Martin McGuinness.


I fought against the British Army on the streets of Derry. I don’t make any apology for anybody about that.

Martin McGuinness in a 2015 interview with this website.

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As an IRA terrorist and commander, his hands drip with the blood of the innocent. He goes to his grave having shown no remorse, no regret, no apology for the terror he brought to our streets, rather continuing to justify that bloodthirsty wickedness that was the IRA campaign.

Not everyone remembered McGuinness as a peacemaker, with Jim Allister of the Traditional Unionist Voice focusing on his terrorist past during a speech in Stormont.


Our city remains one of the safest in the word. London is the greatest city in the world.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaking in the wake of Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster.


You’re trying to shut down the discussion again.

The Dáil was suspended after Bríd Smith raised the case of Ibrahim Halawa, which the Ceann Comhairle said was not relevant to what was being spoken about.

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It is 40c a day. I think it’s incredible value. I think it should be double that.

RTÉ’s director general Dee Forbes suggested doubling the TV license fee as job cuts loom at the state broadcaster.

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Irish General Election Source: PA Archive/PA Images

My own performance is (a) 6.6% unemployment rate. That’s my performance. When I started, it was much higher.

Jobs minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the falling unemployment rate is evidence that she is on top of her brief amid criticism of her performance.

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It gives a real flavour of what it’s like for those children, the pain that they talk about – one of them talks about having to eat paracetamol to get through the day at school, missing school, the fear of missing the Leaving Cert, the fear of being put in a wheelchair, the unknowns, the body image questions, not being able to wear the clothes they want to wear, not being able to go out with their friends, all those things, the isolation.

Childrens’ Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon on the challenges facing children waiting for scoliosis surgery.

Pope Francis one day visit in Milan- Italy Source: ABACA/PA Wire

In the social media, we see faces of young people appearing in any number of pictures recounting more or less real events, but we don’t know how much of all this is really ‘history’, an experience that can be communicated and endowed with purpose and meaning. Television is full of ‘reality shows’ which are not real stories, but only moments passed before a television camera by characters living from day to day, without a greater plan. Don’t let yourselves be led astray by this false image of reality! Be the protagonists of your history; decide your own future.

Pope Francis warned young people to resist the lure of “false” versions of life presented on social media or reality TV shows.

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Nicky Ryan

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