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'At best, incompetence, and at worst, deception': The week in quotes

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

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At best, incompetence and, at worst, deception.

Garda Commissioner on recent revelations that one million random breath tests that never happened were recorded on internal garda systems over the last five years.

Melania Trump Women of Courage Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/PA Wire

As leaders of our shared global community, we must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, remembering always that we are all ultimately members of one race, the human race.

US First Lady Melania Trump called for women’s empowerment in a rare public speech.


Well I’ll tell you this: We’ll be here long after you’re gone.

Fianna Fáil’s Sean Fleming hit out at Minister for Finance Michael Noonan over his treatment of the Public Accounts Committee.

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First let me say that Owen Paterson is a complete tube.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams used a very Northern Irish insult when describing a Tory MP.

File Photo Sophie Toscan du Plantier 20th anniversary of her death in 1996. Source: Mark Stedman/

The warrant, as read to me, is severely factually flawed.

Ian Bailey’s response to his arrest warrant, issued this week.

Coast Guard helicopter missing Source: PA Wire/PA Images

He had two young kids. Everyone is so used to that feeling of comfort, you know the one, the heli flies overhead and you know it’s there, there for us all, doing its duty. But now it’s just not there any more is it.

A Coast Guard volunteer speaking at the funeral of Captain Mark Duffy, a crew member of Rescue 116.


Everyday, Gary would come out first and then Delia would come out and they would have a kiss and he told her he loved her.

The grandfather of Gary Kelly (18) speaking at his funeral. Gerry and his girlfriend Delia, both 18, died in a car crash earlier this week.

Disability Rights Protest. Source: Sam Boal/

We are not a special class. We are the same class. We are human beings.

Disability rights activist Joanne O’Riordan marked the tenth anniversary since Ireland promised and failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities with a speech outside the Dáil.

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I looked at my hands. They were pure white. That means one thing, you don’t have a long time left after that.

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae revealed he almost choked to death at the weekend.

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