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'Children are born into B&Bs - that's scandalous in this day and age': The week in quotes

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

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Unfortunately there’s good and bad, and bad and evil everywhere and it’s visiting the streets of the north inner city a little bit too much for our liking.

Nial Ring on Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Dublin city centre.

File Photo Alan Kelly: Government 'should remove' Noirín O'Sullivan as Commissioner Source: Mark Stedman/

Is that not absolutely bloody hell incredible?

Labour TD Alan Kelly was left flummoxed as further revelations about the finances of the garda college in Templemore were revealed during an eight-hour sitting of the PAC.

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It feels like we’re trapped in an episode or even a series of Father Ted. Nobody is responsible for anything, everybody knew everything yet nobody knew anything, and it’s absolutely astonishing.

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald shared similar feelings.

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That’s Leo being smart assed.

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar sniped at each other during the Fine Gael leadership contest.

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What fingerprints? Hoof prints? Horn prints? Technology experts can invent anything and put the blame on anyone.

Vladimir Putin denies there are digital footprints linking Russia to hacking in the US election.

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Can you believe, some children are born into that? I know of women who were in B&Bs – they went from there to go into the hospital to have their baby, and brought their baby back to the B&B. So the children are born into it, and reared into it. That is scandalous, in this day and age in Ireland. But that’s the kind of divisions you have in Ireland. Now, it’s hardly talked about.

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Focus Ireland founder Sister Stanislaus Kennedy on the homeless crisis.

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We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win,” Grande said in a statement. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.

The words of US pop star Ariana Grande, after she announced a charity gig in Manchester following last month’s suicide bomb attack.

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There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough onto the gunwale. I looked down and I thought ‘I’ll be buggered, there’s a shark in my boat’.

An elderly Australian fisherman has lived to tell the tale after a great white shark leapt into his boat.

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