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'Football's coming home' and a 'sad day for rural Ireland': The week in quotes

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

90435932_90435932 Minister Charlie Flanagan Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

“The proposal to delete the provision does not reflect a negative view of women in the home, it reflects a negative view of the notion that women should be confined to the home only, and should not have choices or be encouraged to play a role in public life.”

Minister Charlie Flanagan made these comments announcing a referendum to remove Article 41.2 from the Constitution on women’s life and duties in the home.

90414420_90414420 Danny Healy-Rae was disappointed as the drink driving laws passed through the Dáil Source:

“This is a sad day for rural Ireland.”

A defeated Danny Healy-Rae bemoaned the passing of controversial, and long-delayed, drink driving legislation in the Dáil.

protest 701_90546258 Emma Mhic Mhathúna gave an emotional interview to RTÉ this week. Source: Sam Boal/

“I have no control over it – in some ways I just wish it was all over.”

Emma Mhic Mhathúna told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One that cancer had spread to her brain.

Brexit The Taoiseach was under fire for his comments about the media. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

“I profoundly regret if anyone in the country thinks that in any way I do not support a free press or respect the work of journalists.”

Leo Varadkar on the defensive after reports he made comments sympathising with Donald Trump’s views on the media.

08  Copper Face Jacks Musical_90546904 We're off to Coppers Source: Leon Farrell/

“It started out as a joke.”

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly author Paul Howard on his new musical about Copper Face Jacks.

THAILAND-CHIANG RAI-MISSING FOOTBALLERS-RESCUE A photo of the trapped youngsters. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

“We called this mission impossible because it rained every day… but with our determination and equipment we fought nature.”

Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn after rescuers found the location of the missing boys in the cave in northern Thailand.

FIFA World Cup 2018 / Round of 16 / Colombia - England 3: 4 iE It's not going to Colombia, anyway Source: Elmar Kremser/SVEN SIMON

“Football’s coming home.”

Most of the English public. Oh, and Eric Cantona.

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