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'I took my son home that night, knowing full well he might not make it': The week in quotes

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


I took my son home that night, knowing full well he might not make it.

Louise Walsh spoke of her son’s attempted suicide after the death of his father.


I’ve never felt ashamed about that abortion, that’s what I chose to do and I was supported by my family and friends and everything, but I’ve never spoken about it.

Deputy Brid Smith became the first Irish TD to speak publicly about having an abortion. She spoke to The Women’s Podcast by The Irish Times about the experience.

Australia Cardinal Charged Source: Rick Rycroft/PA Wire

I am looking forward finally to having my day in court.

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s finance chief, who this week was charged with sex child abuse.

Source: Channel 4 News/YouTube

I honestly feel that if this was a white person that got attacked by an Asian person he’d be caught within 24 hours. It’d be all over the news, there’d be a national manhunt.

Speaking to Channel 4 News, Jameel Muhktar went public with his story of how he and his 21-year-old cousin were victims of an acid attack.

devereaux-1 Source: Courtesy of Liveline

I can’t sleep at night even. I’m waking at three o’clock, maybe at four o’clock every morning, and what do I do? I pray first of all and then I cry. It’s terrible.

The words of Michael Devereaux speaking about how he and his wife Kathleen were separated after only one of them was granted a place in a nursing home after they both applied.

Dail returns Source: PA Archive/PA Images

This was a politically driven investigation vindictively designed to punish those who fought against water charges and wounded the political vanity of Joan Burton. It was an attempt to criminalise the largest movement of people power in decades, by presenting sit-down protests as false imprisonment.

Solidarity-PBP’s Paul Murphy after he was found not guilty in the Jobstown false imprisonment trial.

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We need to honour those who served this country – in the Congo, the Lebanon and elsewhere – to make sure they are not forgotten. People who’ve suffered for our country should get the support they deserve.

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Ollie O’Connor of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel of the Defence Forces for the annual fundraising appeal for homeless former Defence Force members.

13th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert - Show Source: Michael Zorn/PA images

I’m an alcoholic, addict, but in some ways that devastating disease is what drove me towards this wonderful life I now have. It’s just that I couldn’t take my friend alcohol. At some point I had to leave it behind and claim my full potential.

In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago.


She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you well.

US President Donald Trump singled out RTÉ News reporter Caitriona Perry during a phonecall with the Taoiseach.

Comments are closed as an article above covers a matter before the courts.

If you need to talk, contact:

  • Samaritans 116 123 or email
  • Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)
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  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)
  • Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)

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Nicky Ryan

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