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'Why is the man in the bag making sense?': The week in quotes

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

Belgium Attacks Source: AP/Press Association Images

Ladies and gentlemen, what we feared has happened. Our country and our citizens have been hit by blind, violent and cowardly attacks.

Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, on this week’s terror attacks.

24/3/2016. Buncrana Drownings. Louise James (front left)carries the coffin of one of her two children, Evan and Mark from the Church of the Holy Family in Derry, afer the funeral service. Ms. James also lost her partner Sean McGrotty, her sister Jody-Lee Source: Eamonn Farrell/

They went to watch the sunset, together on Buncrana Pier, unbeknown to them all an angel would be near.

Louise James shared a poem dedicated to her husband Sean McGrotty, sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), mother Ruth Daniels and sister Jodie Lee (14) at their funeral following the tragedy in Buncrana.

The younger child was trying to get out the back. The father knew – deep down – he knew I was only going to be able to save one person. The last thing he said, he handed it to me and said, ‘Save the baby’. He went back and stayed with his family and the car just disappeared.

Davitt Walsh, who rescued a four-month old baby from the tragic accident spoke of those harrowing moments on the pier before five people lost their lives.

nnd Source: RTÉ

Even if I’m never happy with the sentence that was passed down to Magnus, I hope that he at least knows that he can’t get away with that type of behaviour because I don’t think he would have stopped at just me.

Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill said that she believes the boyfriend who raped her would have raped someone else and hopes his sentence will now stop him.


Look, I’m not going to lie to people, I’d much rather be in the Dáil.

Outgoing Labour minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has defended his u-turn on running for the Seanad, insisting he is entitled to change his mind.

10/12/2014 Anti Water Charges Campaigns Protests Source: Sam Boal/

I earned more when I worked in a newsagents when I was 18 years old. That is a fact.

New garda recruits called for pay restoration.

Rather than looking, going ‘Why is the man in the bag making sense?’, you go ‘Why is the man in the suit not making sense?’.

Blindboy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits hit home with a talk about mental health in Ireland.

Donald Trump lashed out at rival candidate Ted Cruz.

8/2/2012 Dail Scenes Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

She was giving me a right doing. The last thing I remember is her actually standing on my face.

Michael Healy-Rae on being attacked by a cow.

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