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'It is just total devastation': The week in quotes

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

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It is the responsibility of the United Kingdom to ensure that its approach to the challenges of the Irish border in the context of its withdrawal from the European Union takes into account and protects the very specific and interwoven political, economic, security, societal and agricultural context and frameworks on the island of Ireland.

The EU has said that the onus is on the UK to find a solution to the problems presented by the border with Northern Ireland post-Brexit.

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Without repealing the Eighth Amendment and the clear establishment of reproductive rights for all, those who can become pregnant in Ireland will be unequal to those who cannot. That situation simply cannot persist.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said that Irish women will not have autonomy until the Eighth Amendment is Repealed.

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That kind of fake information which was inflicted on the deputy prime minister was simply the tip of a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities and with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists.

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally spoke on the Rohingya crisis, blaming false information for creating a distorted picture of what’s happening. Violence against the minority has forced thousands to flee, with survivors saying adults were being burned alive and children beheaded.


If you can play at all you have the ability to brighten up someone’s day.

A piano has been permanently installed in Dublin’s Pearse Station and Irish Rail are encouraging members of the public to sit down and play it.

St. Maarten Hurricane Irma Source: GERBEN VAN ES/PA

It is just total devastation, Barbuda now is literally rubble

Hurricane Irma has left a trail of devastation in its path, with 95% of the properties on Caribbean island Barbuda destroyed. 14 people are reported dead as Irma rages on towards Florida.

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If Minister Murphy is to be taken seriously on the back of this week’s summit, actions must follow; not in the form of yearly plans, or kicking the can down the road for another few months; we need to see action immediately.

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire called on Housing Minister Eogahn Murphy to take action on the housing crisis ahead of Friday’s homeless summit. Four homeless people died over the space of 10 days in the run up to the summit.

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Actions taken in recent years, and the sacrifices made by our citizens, have laid the foundations for a solid and sustained economic recovery in Ireland. This has resulted in Ireland becoming the fastest growing economy in the euro area and our sovereign funding position now regarded as comfortable and in a healthy funding position at present.

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announced on Thursday that the government is going to repay the €5.5 billion owed to the IMF, Sweden and Denmark early.

I think most reasonable people – anyone on Twitter – understands what you may tweet out about is not necessarily a reflection of your responsibilities.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defended sending out a tweet about the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death on the day that two homeless people died.

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I can still be European, and it enables me to enjoy the rights which unfortunately are going to be denied to many millions of Brits who voted to remain in the European Union to live, work and study throughout 27 countries, including the Republic of Ireland.

Conservative MEP for London Charles Tannock explained why he got an Irish passport.

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