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'Equal does not mean the same': The week in quotes

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

IT WAS A week when there was a shock win for the Tories in the UK general election, the debate surrounding the upcoming referendums intensified, and James Franco thanked McDonalds.

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

Bank of Ireland results Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

We can never fully repay in moral terms, we’ve tried to do it in financial terms.

Bank of Ireland CEO Richie Boucher said he hopes changes at BOI post-crash will mean people can have more confidence in how the bank operates.

Garda stations phone tapping Source: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/Press Association Images

I’ve had a few people sending me letters offering prayers for me and to save my soul and things like that. From a positive point of view, I haven’t had anything that I found aggressive.

Minister Leo Varadkar said he received some hate-mail in the run up to this month’s referendum.

Dail debates Moriarty Reports Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Most of the Dáil is made up of men. We’re never going to need an abortion so we don’t know what it’s like.

John Halligan TD on legislating for abortion in Ireland.

General Election 2015 aftermath - May 8th Source: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thank you for the selfies.

Former UK Labour leader Ed Miliband acknowledged Milifandom in his resignation speech.


We were surprised and upset to see that the photo was being used as part of a campaign with which we do not agree. We completely support same-sex marriage, and we believe that same-sex couples’ should of course be able to adopt, as we believe that they are equally able to provide children with much-needed love and care. To suggest otherwise is offensive to us, and to many others.

The family whose appeared on a No campaign poster weren’t happy that the image was used.

Irish budget 2015 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

We all know there will be people who will never work. They’re allergic to work.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan came under fire for his comments on the unemployed, published in the Irish Independent.

Mideast Israel Hezbollah Source: AP/Press Association Images

The instructions were to shoot right away. Whoever you spot — be they armed or unarmed, no matter what. The instructions are very clear. Any person you run into, that you see with your eyes — shoot to kill.

The testimony of an Israeli solider who fought in Gaza.


We represent a group that believes that autonomous individuals should have the right to move away from homosexuality if they want with the help of qualified individuals.

Mike Davidson, whose UK-based Core Issues Trust group had an event cancelled in Galway.

2015 Tribeca Film Festival - Adderall Diaries Premiere Source: AP/Press Association Images

All I know is that when I needed McDonald’s, McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was.

James Franco defended Maccy-Ds, where he worked for three months.


Equal does not mean the same.

Journalist John Waters in the heat of a Prime Time debate on the same-sex marriage referendum.

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