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'Our family cannot and will not rest until he is found': The week in quotes

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


Donald Trump, as per usual, wasn’t impressed with US media, this time over their coverage of his sacking of FBI chief James Comey.

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Today, in front of these two houses, I want to reassure the Irish people: in this negotiation Ireland’s interest will be the Union’s interest.

Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator for the European Commission, Michel Barnier, sought to reassure Irish politicians on how Europe will treat Ireland during Brexit talks.


Our mother went to her grave 10 years ago broken hearted. Our family cannot and will not rest until he is found and brought home.

Oliver McVeigh, brother of Columba McVeigh who was killed by the IRA in the 1970s, made a fresh appeal for information.

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We haven’t met anybody but we know that a woman received her lungs and four little boys received the rest of her organs. And they all took straight away, they’re all doing amazingly, from the last time we heard they were all doing fantastic – five lives. Five other families get to spend Christmas and their birthdays together, and this is what it’s all about.

The words of Crystal and Emmett, parents of Nevaeh Gale-Spollen who died just weeks away from her 10th birthday, on organ donation.

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The Taoiseach took part in Darkness into Light in Canada on Saturday morning. It was shown around the whole world that he was participating in this walk. As the leader of our country, does he not see it as a little ironic, or quite funny in some way, that he did this after sanctioning the cuts in the mental health budget?

Pieta House founder Joan Freeman wasn’t keen on Taoiseach Enda Kenny taking part in Darkness Into Light.


The scale of this fire is frightening.

Gerard Murphy of Coillte speaking on Morning Ireland about forest fires in the west of Ireland.


This Tory counciller sparked anger after this tweet was sent from his account when Ireland failed to give the UK any points in the Eurovision.


When we talk about garda culture and reform and accountability, I suppose this is the rawest end, the sharpest end of a deplorable culture of humiliation and disregard for human beings.

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald raised the treatment of Dara Quigley in the Dáil.

Nicky McFadden funeral Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

I haven’t a clue and I’m totally zen about it at this stage.

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar was very laid back about the prospects of a Fine Gael leadership contest.

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