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'I guess it’s hard to accept yourself when your country doesn’t': The week in quotes

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

IT WAS A week when some were underwhelmed by the spring statement, riots hit Baltimore, and gardaí vented at the GRA conference.

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

pregnant silhouette File photo. Source: Flickr

I was ringing them last night asking if they could find somewhere, but they just told me no. They offered me a sleeping bag, but what use is that for me and a one year old?

A pregnant homeless woman on her struggle to find emergency accommodation in Dublin.

Gay Marriage Equality Referendums Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

There are many, many people of my generation out there who are living excruciatingly lonely and isolated lives. They’re finding it virtually impossible to exist.

Former Minister Pat Carey has said that many gay people of his generation are lonely because they can’t open up about their sexuality.

Source: ABC 2 News - WMAR/YouTube

Lo and behold, I turn around and I look at this crowd and my son is actually coming across the street with this hoodie on and a mask. At that point, I just lost it.

Toya Graham on seeing her son taking part in the Baltimore riots.

Spring Economic Statements Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

You’re sitting on reports for 12 months that you haven’t published yet, about analysis of the future of RTE So get off the stage. Get off the stage.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan got a bit heated during an interview on Today with Sean O’Rourke.

Two Gardai on the Beat File photo. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

There was a young family living at the edge of the inner cordon and we were unable to retreat from the position we held. Because we had no ballistic shields we had to take cover behind walls, cars or whatever we could find. After the suspect retreated he fired a further two shots at gardaí.

Garda Edmond O’Donoghue at the GRA conference, explaining how he and a colleague had to wrap children in stab vests to protect them from gunfire.

BRITAIN V FESTIVAL Source: AP/Press Association Images

I am painted as being an absent father during her last years. It gives the impression the family weren’t there.

Mitch Winehouse, father of Amy Winehouse, told the Sun that he felt ‘sick’ while watching the biopic about his daughter’s life.

Ryanair Press Conferences Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

I love France and the French. I just despise the political class.

Michael O’Leary on, you guessed it, France.

File Photo Derek Mooney is leaving his radio show. Source: Photocall Ireland

I heard it described as the graveyard slot. Think what you want, but I asked for that slot.

Derek Mooney spoke about his departure from his mid-afternoon show, to a late-night Sunday night slot.

Dail Back From Holidays Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

If you have religious fundamentalist and they’re determined to do what they’re going to do, I don’t think an ASP [baton] and pepper spray is going to deter them.

GRA President Dermot O’Brien called for gardaí to be armed with tasers.

It reminded me of being in the early 1990s with my first computer, that’s how difficult it was to use.

Sunday Business Post journalist Tom Lyons on trying to access Siteserv’s share register.

Presenter of Ceol Ar An Ime Source: Photocall Ireland!

I guess it’s hard to accept yourself when your country doesn’t.

Journalist with The Irish Times Una Mullally spoke about her cancer diagnosis, and how she stuttered to say her girlfriend was her next-of-kin.

paud-oleary-2 Shane Fitzgerald, who was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for a hit-and-run. Source: RTÉ News

It’s all about rehabilitation these days, isn’t it? But from our point of view, it’s not about revenge, the sentence handed down simply isn’t fair.

The widow of 42-year-old hit-and-run victim Paud O’Leary has denounced Ireland’s hit-and-run laws as being too “loose”.

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