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'Our little boy always wanted to be a superhero, and he became one in death': The week in quotes

“They are out there leading better lives now because of our little boy.”

IT WAS A week when further details of the Germanwings crash were revealed, religious freedom laws were called in question, and we heard about the views of a man with two pints.

All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes:

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He said, for example, if that money were to be used to provide free HIV testing to people who are homosexual, where there’s an increase now in the numbers affected by HIV, it would be far better expenditure of money.

Senator Jim Walsh on what a friend of his suggested the money spent on the marriage equality referendum could be better used.


They are out there leading better lives now because of our little boy. He always wanted to be a superhero, and he became one in death.

Bryan Canty, father of Ben, on how his son donated his organs after he passed away aged six.

Italy Knox Source: AP/Press Association Images

My relationship with Amanda was a simple story of affection. From this moment on I will not accept being labelled a murderer.

Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito spoke about the pair’s relationship.

Apple Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/Press Association Images

The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on new religious freedom laws in Indiana.

Launch of the Ireland 2016 Commemorati Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Over a million people have signed up for instance to water charges or a million households. But it seems like the people who haven’t signed up, who are a very small proportionate of that in total, a significant proportion, but small nonetheless, that in fact spokespeople for the anti-water charges case have dominated the media.

Tánaiste Joan Burton wasn’t too happy at the amount of coverage anti-water charge protesters were getting.

Fine Gael - Standing Up For Small Busi Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Government, having listened very carefully to people, set a charge of €1.15 per week or €3. The man who stopped me with the two pints in his hand last week shouting about the cost of water that he could not pay.

The Taoiseach met another man with two pints in his hands.

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With an element of slick PR by Willie Walsh and others, we now have this thing – ‘Jeez, we gotta get rid of Aer Lingus, it’s almost a basket case, they need money to buy planes’. Where did all this come from?

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley made it clear he’s against the sale of Aer Lingus.

: Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams delive Source: Stephen Kilkenny/Photocall Ireland

That’s what happens in war. That’s not to minimise it. That’s what American soldiers do, British soldiers do, Irish Republican soldiers do. That’s what happens in every single conflict.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams on the death of Jean McConville.

France Plane Crash Source: AP/Press Association Images


A first reading shows that the pilot in the cockpit used the automatic pilot to descend the plane towards an altitude of 30 metres. Then, several times during the descent, the pilot changed the automatic pilot settings to increase the aircraft’s speed.

The chilling words of investigatiors of the Germanwings plane crash on the data recovered from the second black box.

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