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'The spirit of Manchester will never be broken': The week in quotes

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

Britain Concert Blast Source: Emilio Morenatti/PA Wire

There was heat on my neck and when I looked up there were bodies everywhere.

Elena Semino, who was waiting for her 17-year-old daughter after the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night, told the Guardian about the aftermath of the bombing.

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The images we hold in our minds should not be those of senseless slaughter but of the ordinary men and women who put concerns about their own safety to one side and rushed to help; of the men and women of the emergency services who worked tirelessly to bring comfort, to help and to save lives; of the messages of solidarity and hope of all those who opened their homes to the victims. For they are the images that embody the spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain, a spirit that, through years of conflict and terrorism, has never been broken and will never be broken.

UK prime minister Theresa May’s response to the attacks.

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You’re not a part of us. I’m a Muslim, I’m a veiled, niqabi Muslim woman. You’re not a part of Islam, Islam does not teach that. I don’t know what name they do it in, they don’t do it in the name of Allah, they don’t do it in my name, or my religion or my people. They died for nothing.

A message to the man responsible for the suicide bombing from Sidrah Sajad, a Muslim living in the city.

Enda Kenny resignation Source: PA Wire/PA Images

I’m not putting out an olive branch to Sinn Féin. I think Sinn Féin remains the greatest threat to our democracy and our prosperity as a State.

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar has said that, as Taoiseach, he would relish the opportunity to “take on” Sinn Féin

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I am sick and tired of you guys! Get the hell out of here.

Republican politician Greg Gianforte before allegedly bodyslamming Ben Jacobs, a reporter with the Guardian.

It’s a wonderful day for me and my family.

The former chairman and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick sas he was acquitted on all charges against him at the Circuit Criminal Court.

General Election 2017 Source: PA Wire/PA Images

I condemn all the bombing by both the loyalists and the IRA.

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s comments to Sky News on the IRA. However, he was faced several newspaper headlines claiming that he never said it.

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Today, I’m the third generation of firefighter coming from my family. My grandad, my dad and his two uncles and my cousin are all in the Fire Brigade, so the total number in our family is six at the moment My sister is in the panel for the next class as well. There’s not many third generations in the Fire Brigade so it’s a very proud day for myself and the family. It’s in my family and it’s in my blood.

Craig Hyland (26) from Nass, Kildare, at his Fire Brigade passing-out parade.

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