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'You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing': The week in quotes

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

Ibrahim Halawa detention Source: PA Wire/PA Images

I was going back to a concert and my friends were going to graves.

In his first interview since his was released from prison, Ibrahim Halawa spoke about the events that led to his arrest.

20/7/2017. Disclosures Tribunals Source: Leah Farrell/

They looked at a longer period, they went back then to when the breath tests started, so that influenced that number. I saw in the report in relation to the additional 400,000 and I think at best it could be described as a guesstimate… and it should be read like that.

Garda superintendent Noel Cunningham said the latest report into the breath test scandal revealing that there may be another 400,000 falsified tests “could be described as a guesstimate”.

Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube

I was whispering in his ear and I was speaking on that and I said what I said. I meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I didn’t mean no disrespect. You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing. I campaigned, when we were trying to get same sex marriage legalised, I was campaigning for that.

Conor McGregor said he didn’t mean to disrespect anyone in the LGBT community with his recent use of a homophobic slur.


One particular time in hospital, I was so upset I just wanted to get out of it. I walked out with a drip in one hand and catheter in the other, out to the front of the hospital and realised I couldn’t go anywhere and just sat down on a bench and started crying because what could I do? I was in this situation and I felt like it was a never-ending cycle.

Margaret Byrne shared her own horrific story of life after vaginal mesh surgery.

US President Donald Trump said the man responsible for a terror attack in New York this week should receive the death penalty.

Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith apologised for accidentally revealing the winner of the show.

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They are nothing other than sharks and vultures tarnishing the good name of private landlords. The IPOA believe that those engaged in offering and supplying sub-standard and overcrowded accommodation do not even deserve to be called “landlords” in 21st century Ireland. Their so-called accommodation can only be described as hovels and must be weeded out as this behaviour is disgraceful, distressing and totally unacceptable for both tenants and landlords, but in no way can it be considered the norm for the private rental sector.

Head of the Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA) Stephen Faughnan on an RTÉ Investigates programme that exposed a number of homes that were unfit for purpose.

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If anybody knocks on your door that has an Irish accent, automatically ask them to leave.

Australia’s Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz later apologised for this warning to homeowners.

JOHN Halligan has called on the gardaí to question the surviving Bon Secour nuns who worked in the Tuam mother and baby home. Source:

We’ve nothing to lose? What is there to lose by attempting to talk peace with North Korea?

Minister John Halligan floated the idea of travelling to North Korea to sort things out.

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