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'He had no privacy, no dignity, and was subjected to constant torture': The week in quotes

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

Tallaght hospital X-Ray scandal Source: PA WIRE

This man, like the others in non-designated patient conduits, have no privacy, no dignity, are subjected to constant noise torture, constant light torture, resulting in major sleep deprivation, pressure effects causing pain as lying for advanced periods on a trolley not designed for same, as well as boarding conditions that constitute an infection control hazard.

Emergency medicine consultant Dr James Gray’s memo to the CEO of Tallaght Hospital after an elderly couple waited for hours on a trolley.

Source: TheCatherinehealy199/YouTube

You can pretty much say in public discourse, in polite conversation or write in a newspaper anything you want to say about the Travelling community and get away with it.

Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on Travellers.

16/7/2015 Right to Housing Source: Sam Boal/

We have a situation here while families are flooding into homelessness, government ministers are bickering around, arguing with one another, disagreeing with one another. You know, Nero fiddles while Rome burns, that’s the only image I have. It’s an absolute disgrace.

Father Peter McVerry on attempts made to address the homeless crisis.

13/10/2015. Budget Day 2016 Source: Sam Boal/

Vote Sinn Fein, get the Army Council.

Tánaiste John Burton attacked the republican party.

Justin Trudeau Source: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File

Because it’s 2015.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on why he considered a gender balanced cabinet to be important.


I had no holidays or rest days … We had to prepare gear, fix cables, stitch the nets. It was constant, constant.

Demie Omol, a 39-year-old migrant worker from the Philippines, on his alleged experience on a Irish fishing trawler, as revealed by the Guardian.

3/11/2015. Dublin Web Technology Summits Source: Sam Boal/

What we received over a four year period, in my eyes, amounts to nothing more than hush money

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave was embroiled in a war of words with government over funding and support for his event.

13/10/2015 Budget Day 2016 Source: Leah Farrell/

Psychologically they have to get away from here, they’re just broken.

Robbie Peelo, Louth division representative for the Garda Representative Association (GRA), on the need for gardaí who have served in region to be moved away when garda numbers are boosted.

original (3) Source: Ní Riain Photography Thurles

Those values of selflessness, loyalty, integrity, and moral and physical courage, Jack had them in abundance.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces on the death of Lieutenant Colonel Jack Griffin, struck by a car last weekend.

He stole my childhood, that’s the biggest thing. I don’t recall so many years.

Rita Broderick after her father was sentenced to eight years in prison for abusing her as a young girl.

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