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'He has to be locked in a tiny box room with padding at night': The week in quotes

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


He won’t wear pull-ups, has to be locked in at night in a tiny box bedroom that I’ve put padding on the door. He’s locked in there at night because if he gets out and I don’t hear him, because I am so exhausted, he can easily come down and get knives.

Adrienne Murphy, the mother of a boy who has severe autism made an emotional plea for him to receive residential care.

Bangladesh Myanmar Attacks Source: PA Images

The Myanmar government should stop pretending that the Rohingya are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages. This complete denial of reality is doing great damage to the international standing of a government which, until recently, benefited from immense good will.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, on violence in Myanmar.

File photo: VETERAN BROADCASTER George Hook has been suspended from Newstalk Source: Mark Stedman via

It was wrong of me to suggest that any blame could be attributed to those victims or that they bear any responsibility in the crimes committed against them. By doing that I played a part in perpetuating the stigma and I unreservedly apologise for doing so.

George Hook’s apology for comments he made last week on rape. He has since been suspended from his show on Newstalk.

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I just think that out of respect all women that have been raped – children, boys, women, girls, men – that I should not continue with the interview. I think that Newstalk have to take a stand about what’s going on, and I’m really sorry it has to be on your show.

Mary Coughlan walked off Newstalk’s drivetime show in protest over Hook’s comments.

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to Source: Caitriona Lucas/Facebook

I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through. It must be very, very difficult, I am lucky that I got Caitríona back.

Bernard Lucas, thusband of Caitríona Lucas who was the first Coast Guard volunteer to die on active service since the organisation was founded, on the struggle facing the family of the Rescue 116 crew.

shutterstock_320279528 Source: Shutterstock/carballo

I had been in hospital after a bad fall at home, was in hospital for months. They (my sister) wouldn’t let me come back to my own home. She told me it would only be for four weeks.

Residents in nursing homes shared their experiences as part of a new study – and some said they weren’t involved in the decision-making process that led them to residential care.

ballinteer-kids-100-01 Source: BETNS

Our school is now housed in the old Notre Dame building in Churchtown, sharing with two other schools and absolutely no idea how long we will be there. Two years, five years? We ask how can we put down roots when everywhere we go is temporary?

Ballinteer Educate Together National School’s parent-teacher association on their efforts to secure a school building.

Source: PewDiePie/YouTube

It was something that I said in the heat of the moment. I said the worst word I could possibly think of and it just sort of slipped out.

The world’s most-watched YouTuber PewDiePie apologised for using the n-word in a video.

Trump Source: PA Images

I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called for an ESPN journalist to be sacked for calling Donald Trump a “white supremacist”.

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