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‘A quiet revolution’: The week in quotes

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

Image: Leah Farrell


It felt like it was the first time I could breathe since I got my diagnoses that I lost my daughter. I think we all felt like that.

Amy Walsh (right) of Termination For Medical Reasons (TFMR) on yesterday’s referendum result.

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A quiet revolution has taken place, and a great act of democracy. A hundred years since women got the right to vote. Today, we as a people have spoken. And we say that we trust women and we respect women and their decisions.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s reaction.

NY: Harvey Weinstein leaves NYPD at Manhattan 1st Precinct in custody Source: PA Images

The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice.

New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance on those who reported Harvey Weinstein to police. He was charged with rape and a sex crime on Friday.

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My daughter had a communion last year and I had to borrow a house. My friend lent me her house for her communion.

Toni Reid, who spent the last two years living in a single hotel room with her two daughters, moved into her new home this week.

File Photo: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar criticizes the managment of Templemore while talking on the Marian Finucane radio show today. End. Source:

What is happening between a child disclosing abuse and beyond that?

ISPCC’s Grainia Long and other child protection experts expressed concern about the lack of progress in implementing robust training for members of An Garda Síochána who are dealing with vulnerable children.


It wasn’t till I read that, that I realised I’d actually probably saved some lives.

Neal Dobson, a London Met Police officer, on how he saved seven people from a burning building – but didn’t realise how serious the fire was until he read an article about it the following day.

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I’m here to tell the truth and I have told the truth.

Former garda commissioner Martin Callinan, speaking at the Disclosures Tribunal.

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