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'I would prefer to be drunk': The week in quotes

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

File Photo Ulster Bank launches investigation as money disappears from customer accounts END Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

I hope it kicks the Irish banks in the ass up and down the country.

Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness on the action he hopes the Central Bank takes on Ulster Bank for overcharging some customers on loan repayments.

JUNCKE BARNIER VISIT 10_90547585 Source: Pool Picture Oireachtas/Rollingnews.ie

I have some difficulties in walking. I am not drunk; I have sciatica, I would prefer to be drunk.

How European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker opened his address to the Oireachtas.

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Imagine getting a call from your six-year-old niece. She’s crying and begging me to go get her. She says, ‘I promise I’ll behave, but please get me out of here. I’m all alone.’

Civil rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury on audio released from a US detention centre.

THE CANADIAN PRESS 2018-06-05 Source: PA Images

People need to wake up to the fact that this president and his approach jeopardises that which makes us Americans.

Former FBI director James Comey on US president Donald Trump.


One thing I remember was having to ask for the brown paint for my self-portrait when I was in junior infants but beyond this I felt right at home.

Nicholas Ndlovu on settling into life in Ireland – he became an Irish citizen last month.

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Her mother was still living in a Magdalene Laundry, aged 50. How she was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a corrugated tin roof. The only heat came from an open-door cooker and her mother’s thin winter coat. The year was 1998.

Anne Roper, writer, producer and director of No Country for Women, on Magdalene laundries.

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Last year I had the privilege of being elected Taoiseach, something that would have been unimaginable when I was born, and would have seemed impossible even a few short years ago.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in his speech to the Dáil marking the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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