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'Our children will be waging wars over water and food if we do not act now': The week in quotes

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

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Our children will be waging wars over water and food if we do not act now.

Frans Timmermans, the executive vice-president of the European Commission, said it is time for Europe and the world to “take responsibility for next generations” in tackling the climate crisis.

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This is totally ridiculous behaviour. It is despicable and so utterly patronising and discriminatory. It’s always about buying time – not even buying time, it’s about delaying and denying. It shows utter disrespect.

Noelle Brown, an adoption rights campaigner who was born in Bessborough mother and baby institution, who was among those who were told they could access their medical records but only if a GP assessed them first to deem if they were ‘appropriate to release.

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Patient safety and care is of paramount importance to the group. Hospitals across the region are under extreme pressure as a result of record levels of attendances of both Covid and non-Covid patients. The deliberate spreading of disinformation and at times defamatory comments against named staff members along with the posting of these videos on social media platforms is adding significantly to the burden already facing healthcare professionals.

A statement from the Saolta Hospital Group after a video emerged of a Covid patient discharging themselves from hospital against medical advice.

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There is no question of any snub intended to anybody. I am not snubbing anyone and I am not part of anyone’s boycott of any other events in Northern Ireland. I wish their service well but they understand that I have the right to exercise a discretion as to what I think is appropriate for my attendance.

President Michael D Higgins spoke to The Irish Times about his decision to not attend an event marking Northern Ireland’s centenary.

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It’s sad for the girls as well but I think going forward, things do need to improve. We need to be treated better so we can play better. It’s not something going into a big game like that, performance-wise… you’re just like, ‘This isn’t good enough.’

Ireland second row Sam Monaghan after the Connacht Women rugby team had to get ready for a match in a derelict area with rats in close proximity.

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Mary, I love you to death. Am I playing Ireland?

Garth Brook’s answer when addressing speculation on whether he is playing gigs in Ireland next year.


I just started laughing, that’s all that I could think to do. I took a little video and sent it to my friends and went around the corner to Bar Rua. I had a pint and then went home.

Rian Keogh on being paid his final wage from Alfie’s Restaurant in Dublin in five cent coins.

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