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# say that again
'I am still answering that question every day': The week in quotes
Here’s what was said and who said what this week.

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I can’t be angry, the kids wouldn’t want me to be angry… I just think anger is a negative emotion and I don’t want to be angry. But I do need answers.

Andrew McGinley spoke to RTÉ Prime Time after his wife, Deirdre Morley, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murders of their three children, Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3).

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The most devastating comment made after I was elected — it wasn’t so much about me — but it was by the Irish taoiseach saying that ‘Well, America can’t lead. They can’t even get their arms around Covid.’

It’s not clear when or even if this comment was actually made, but it stuck with US President Joe Biden.

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Even before the pandemic, this group experienced a significantly increased risk of depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation. The global pandemic has compounded these mental health challenges, and we saw demand for our frontline support services soar over the past 12 months.

Moninne Griffith, chief executive of BeLong To, on the challenges faced by LGBTI+ young people over the past year.

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Another person progresses to become a senior after two or three years and you remain the same because your nationality is different.

Dr Jawad Zaman, who lives in Galway but is originally from Pakistan, said he feels he has been “left stranded” while waiting two years for a decision on his citizenship application.

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I’m no fan of violence, I think that it has to be an absolute last resort. But it worries me that we could potentially reach a point in this country, or in any country, where the people feel that they do have to defend themselves.

Joel Keys, a member of the Loyalist Communities Council, spoke to a Westminster committee to explain loyalists issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.


I loved my father and yet his absence has allowed for something to grow, so many others may be helped. I ask myself, ‘Why did people stigmatise me, hate me, silence me and berate me for something beyond my control?’ I am still answering that question every day.

Vincent Doyle – the founder of Coping International, an organisation which advocates on behalf of the children of priests – on finding out that the man he believed was his godfather, Father John Doyle, was actually his father.

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I’m not sorry I did it. It was brilliant, but it was very traumatising. It was open season on treating me like a crazy bitch.

Sinéad O’Connor recalled the impact of ripping up a picture of the Roman Catholic pope on Saturday Night Life.