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'Irish citizens were tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways': The week in quotes

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

23/11/2009 New Criminal Justice Buildings Source: Sasko Lazarov/

This goes beyond trauma. This victim’s life has been upended in the most radical way.

Judge Tony Hunt on the effect rape had on the life of a young woman with Down Syndrome.


‘Run, bro, run! There’s a shotgun! There’s a shotgun!’. They were just yelling to me. And then I was hearing those shots too, so of course I started running.

Noel Desjarlais-Thomas, 16, recalled what his friends told him as they fled La Loche’s junior and senior high school during a shooting in Canada.

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Needles and doctors and hospitals have been a part of Colleen’s life for as long as she remembers.

Rachael Cahill wrote about her daughter Colleen’s diagnosis with arthritis when she was five years old.


I’m most certainly not a Tory myself. Fine Gael is not the Tory Party here in Ireland.

Minister Paschal Donohoe stressed that his party is nothing like the UK Conservative Party.

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I was not a responsible leader, and as such do not feel myself guilty.

Israel made public a handwritten plea from Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann for clemency for his role in the Holocaust, dated just two days before he was executed.

22/11/2010 IMF comes to Ireland Source: Eleanor Keegan/

The majority of my time over the last 12 months was spent in the committee rooms in the basement of Leinster House trying to find out what happened to the Irish economy and how to prevent it from happening again.

Senator Sean D Barrett on the banking inquiry, the final report of which was published this week.

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We’re losing real human connection.

Peter Varga, the man behind Humans of Dublin, had some interesting observations after documenting people’s individual stories for the past year and a half.

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People in this case, Irish citizens, were treated in unspeakable ways – tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways, and they were the responsibility of the state.

Fergus Finlay has called on Leo Varadkar to intervene in a case involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a state-backed foster home.

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