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'And that is when I became homeless': The week in quotes

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

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For too long there has been a taboo about talking about some important issues. If you were anxious; it’s because you were weak. If you couldn’t cope with whatever life threw at you, it’s because you were failing. Successful, strong people don’t suffer like that, do they? But of course – we all do. It’s just that few of us speak about it. Attitudes are changing and this is being helped by high profile people talking about their experience.

Prince William had a chat with Lady Gaga about mental health.

SNP local government election manifesto launch Source: PA Wire/PA Images

A virtual one-party Tory state is a horrifying prospect…

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the possibility of the result of the UK’s upcoming election being a large Conservative majority.

File Photo Sisters of Charity to be given new National Maternity Hospital Source: Leah Farrell/

Let me be very clear: there will be no financial gain to any religious order from the development of this hospital. I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true. I have heard that nuns will be gifted the hospital. Not true.

Minister for Health Simon Harris faced down growing controversy over the new National Maternity Hospital, after it was announced that the Sisters of Charity would own the new facility.


People do doubt you, because people think, ‘well, that can’t possibly all be true, you can’t possibly have all that wrong with you’, and you start to doubt yourself.

Jo Allen spoke to us about what living with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, is like.

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I am immensely remorseful, I’m always mindful of the immense impact my actions had. If I could turn back time to have John Fox back with his family again, I would make it happen in a heartbeat.

Richard Kelly, who was sentenced for the manslaughter of John Fox in 1987, apologised to the victim’s family on RTÉ Radio 1′s Liveline, saying he wished he could turn back time.

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I packed my things and moved to a bedsit I’d found, but I only ended up lasting one night. It was filthy, damp, mouldy, and crawling with insects. The neighbours were scary. I left. And that is when I became homeless.

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The experience of Paula, a 19-year-old woman who was the subject of Focus Ireland’s Easter appeal. She recently experienced a period of sleeping on the streets and in emergency accomodation after leaving care.

Main Opposition Party Leader Kilicdaroglu - Turkey Referendum Source: Depo Photos/PA Wire

I am a mortal really, I could die at any time.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who faced accusations of becoming a dictator this week after a referendum was passed transforming the country into a executive presidency.

Travel Ban Hawaii Source: Alex Brandon/PA Wire

Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his plans to clamp down on leaking from government departments.

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