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'One reckless act of some idiot turned my life upside down': The week in quotes

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


I literally just heard screaming, I saw people jumping out of their windows, the building was literally on fire. The ambulances, the police. It was horrendous.

Khadejah Miller recounted the London tower block fire.

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I was in addiction and I fought to get clean and get where I am today, because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be here. It feels like a dream, like I’m going to wake up.

The words of Louise, one resident of new social housing units in Dublin city centre.

General Election 2017 declaration Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

I will miss your optimistic energy, your jizz, your sense of mischief, your ability to field questions without giving the smallest clue as to your attitude to the questions you were asked.

A rare tribute from Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams to now former taoiseach Enda Kenny.


The Government I lead will not be one of left or right because those old divisions do not comprehend the political challenges of today. While others in the House might be obsessed with the political debates of the 1980s, I can assure them that I am not nor will my Government be. We will be focused on the solutions of the 21st century and the future. The Government I will lead will be one of the new European centre, as we seek to build a republic of opportunity that is a republic in which every citizen gets a fair go and has the opportunity to succeed, and in which every part of the country has a chance to share in our prosperity.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar set out his vision for Ireland in his speech after being voted in as the country’s leader.

File Photo Ann louise Gilligan has died today. Source: Eamonn Farrell/

She was a woman of pure goodness and she spent her life sharing that goodness with all she met.

Senator Lynn Ruane on the death of Ann-Louise Gilligan, the wife of Minister Katherine Zappone.

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It’s been hugely life-changing. I was a 32-year-old, fiercely independent man, very busy, having a good life. One reckless act of some idiot, a stranger, turned my life upside down.

Brian Hogan on losing his sight after being punched in a random attack on a night out.

Theresa May visits Paris Source: Yui Mok/PA Wire

I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out.

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UK prime minister Theresa May on sorting out the political mess created by her snap election.

North Korea Rodman Source: AP

Well, I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need.

Former basketball player Dennis Rodman on what President Trump must make of his visit to North Korea.


My old team mates don’t know anything about it so the slagging with start very soon.

Henry Shefflin on a new portrait unveiled of him in the National Gallery.

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