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'I’m seven years sober. That, for me, beats any Olympic medal': The week in quotes

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

North Korea Missiles A missile launch in North Korea Source: PA Images

Two minutes later the next door neighbour calls in and says, ‘Brendan, we have to get out of here … That alert, it says that the North Koreans have launched a missile towards us’.

Brendan Walsh – an Irishman living in Japan – on the alert received after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.

Olympics - Boxing - London 2012 Test Event - Boxing International Invitational - Day Four - Excel Arena Kenneth Egan Source: PA Images

I’m seven years sober last week. That, for me, beats any Olympic medal.

Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan described how he overcame alcoholism.

0031 Organ Donation_90521635 Health Minister Simon Harris Source: Leah Farrell via

I would be extraordinarily concerned as Minister for Health if any citizen walked into any health facility, whether it be an acute hospital or elsewhere and sought medical help and was told they needed a GP referral letter. That is not the way a health service works, that is not the way we work as people

Simon Harris reacting to reports that a man suffered a severe heart attack shortly after he was turned away from a south Dublin hospital despite complaining of chest pains.

90290295_90290295 Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan Source: Don Moloney/Press 22/Photocall Ireland

This was the biggest terrorist incident to ever happen on the isle of Ireland. How does it look when a government minister comes out with a statement as wrong-headed and just as plain stupid as this?

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan reacted angrily to comments made by Junior Minister Patrick O’Donovan, who suggested that Sinn Féin had some role in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.

File Photo The majority of people in Ireland believe the government isn't doing enough to solve the housing crisis A rough sleeper in Dublin Source: Leon Farrell via

Okay, the hubs are fluffy – they’re great, they’re colourful … It’s not where we want children. We don’t want 50 families using the one fridge, cooking in the one kitchen, and a timeframe around when they can come and go and what they can do. It’s direct provision … You eat at this time, you drink at this time, you go to bed at this time.

Inner City Helping Homeless CEO Anthony Flynn compared new homeless hubs to direct provision.

North of Ireland storms Flood damage in Donegal Source: PA Images

The resilience of the community has been outstanding. The devastation that has been experienced by so many families, businesses and individuals has been heart wrenching.

Councillor Jack Murray, chair of Inishowen Municipal District Council, on the devastating floods in Co Donegal.

0290 Taoiseach Stanhope Street school_90521989 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Source: Leah Farrell/

It is not a national ID card, we have absolutely no plans to introduce a national ID card in Ireland. It is not something I would be in favour of.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the controversy that the new Public Services Card is a national identity card.

SINN FEIN Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams Source: Sam Boal/

These kids, I told the DUP this four or five years ago, are going to be radicalised and politicised by the DUP’s refusal to embrace their rights.
These young people, if they had politics at all, it was just politics of identity, of Gaelic games, of sport, of song and of culture. Now, given the occurrences over the last year when they were dismissed … Look at the big crowds that came out for the big Dearg Le Fearg march in Belfast.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on the DUP’s reluctance to introduce an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland.

original (1) Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates Source: Brian McEvoy

I don’t see it as a gender issue and I don’t think the content of what we cover will be affected by the gender of the presenters.

Ivan Yates on taking over the Vincent Browne Show on TV3 with Matt Cooper.

original (1) Stephen 'Jack' Watson Source: Geza Oravecz via Facebook

He was a lovely man. Really quiet and gentle. He loved his hot chocolate and kind of kept to himself. He was a private person. 

A volunteer worker pays tribute to Stephen ‘Jack’ Watson, a homeless man who was found dead on Suffolk Street this week.

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