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'No woman goes out in the morning and says, 'Ah sure I’ll have an abortion today'': The week in quotes

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


This is an unprecedented event. This isn’t the tail-end or the remnants of a hurricane, this is Hurricane Ophelia.

Met Éireann meteorologist Joanna Donnelly’s warning to viewers on the eve of Monday’s storm, the worst to hit Ireland in 50 years.

original (3) Fergal Dennehy Source: Sean Murray/

One man kept opening and closing a door. He told me ‘it’s just nice to have a door I can open’.

Fergal Dennehy, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork city, on helping to give homeless people shelter during Ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

original (4) Source: Áine Bonner

One thing that I’m really taking away from this week though, having witnessed the devastation to the West Cork countryside over the past few days, is that people are amazing. So many have been out in the dark and rain, working tirelessly to restore power and services to our community, and communities all over the south and west of the country.

Áine Bonner praised the work of emergency services in Cork during the storm.

image-5-32 Source: PSNI/Murray family

Since our sister went missing in late 2012 our emotions have been all over the place. Hope has been our friend in this nightmare so far and we cling on to it. Guilt is one emotion we all feel. We feel guilty about going on with our everyday lives as Charlotte will never get the opportunity to continue on with hers.

Denise Murray, twin sister of Charlotte Murray (pictured) who went missing three years ago, made an appeal for information.

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You look at other countries and what they’ve done, and we’re competing with other countries. When China is at 15% and I hear that Ireland is going to be reducing their corporate rates down to 8% from 12%.

US President Donald Trump claimed that Ireland was about to reduce its corporate tax rate – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the comments as fake news.

dept-of-defense Source: US Department of Defense

Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.

Trump was also criticised for his alleged comments to the family of a US soldier, Sargeant La David Johnson, who died in Niger.

File photo. Dr Peter Boylan, a former master of the National Maternity Hospital, has said he will not stand down from the board of the hospital despite being asked to by deputy chairman Nicholas Kearns. Source: Laura Hutton

No woman goes out in the morning and says, ‘Ah sure I’ll have an abortion today’.

Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital, speaking during his appearance at the Eighth Amendment committee this week.

ibrahim-9 Source: Free Ibrahim Halawa campaign

Ibrahim should never have had to endure this horrendous experience. He has lost four years of his young life and nothing can ever excuse that injustice. Thankfully, his nightmare is finally over and he can now begin to move on with his life.

Colm O’Gorman, director of Amnesty International, on the release of Ibrahim Halawa from an Egyptian prison this week.

90326607_90326607 Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

I am devastated. We have spent the last 30 years together touring and playing concerts. He was a great player with a great feel for Irish music.

Sean Cannon, singer with The Dublin Legends, paid tribute to former member of The Dubliners Eamonn Campbell, who passed away this week.

Source: Donal Moloney/Vimeo

I feel like I’m a burglar here more so than anything.

Martin Hart moved into his own home after 12 years on the streets.

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