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'They simply didn’t want to hear': The week in quotes

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

solidarity 340-2_90541339 Source: Sam Boal/

It wasn’t that things were quiet, they simply didn’t want to hear.

Ruth Coppinger reacted to Leo Varadkar calling the landslide result in the referendum a ‘quiet revolution’.

LABOUR 381_90525490 Source: Sam Boal/

The long form birth cert that contained the adoption information was kept strictly under lock and key with no right of access to the adopted person. I only saw mine when I was close to 50 years of age.

Former tánaiste Joan Burton on her fight to obtain information on her adoption.

98 Magdalene Survivors_90546535 Source: Leah Farrell/

Ireland failed you. When you were vulnerable and in need of the support of Irish society and its institutions, its authorities did not cherish you, protect you, respect your dignity or meet your needs and so many in the wider society colluded with their silence.

Part of a speech given by President Michael D Higgins today to survivors of Magdalene laundries.


I make no apology putting the safety and dignity of women first as part of equality between the sexes.

Labour MP Stella Creasy, speaking during in the House of Commons during an emergency debate on Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.

8694 Leo Varadkar_90546007 Source: Leah Farrell/

It is a community festival – Arlene Foster has spoken at it in the past, and I believe the headline act this year is Olly Murs. I don’t think anyone could accuse him of being a die-hard republican.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on criticism he faced for launching a Belfast summer festival.

Carlow's Paul Broderick scores a free Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

I went for surgery with the spleen. I was a week not getting any better, so they opened me up again and figured that my bowel was perforated and then during that surgery my lung collapsed.

Carlow footballer Paul Broderick on how an innocuous elbow to his side during a match resulted in serious injury.

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