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'I thought 'what the heck, I'm gonna try a piece, it looks good'': The week in quotes

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

GOP 2016 Trump Source: Ted S. Warren/PA Wire

I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good. Because I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.

Donald Trump’s reaction to the election of London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan. Trump said, if president, he would allow Khan to enter the US despite the fact that he is a Muslim.

It’s important that the communities respond, not the police, not the politicians. Otherwise it becomes acceptable, to beat up a few guys on the way home from the park, because nobody said anything, because nobody did anything about it.

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith speaking at a protest following an attack on an Afghan family in south Dublin.


1,000 days that have felt like 1,000 years. Not only for me but for hundreds behind bars. 1,000 days for something I believe people should be able to live in just as I do back home – in a free democratic country.

A letter written by Ibrahim Halawa, released by his sister Somaia Halawa to mark his 1,000 days in custody.

Garda Reserve graduation Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

When my wife and I tried to get away from this and took a week’s break in France some six or seven weeks after my resignation I found myself subject to a tirade by an Irish guy on the same flight when we landed in the middle of the terminal. One felt as if I had murdered someone or robbed a bank… for a period I lost faith that telling the truth mattered.

The former justice minister Alan Shatter has said the last two years have been “extraordinarily difficult” for him and his family.


We saw a crew standing around the bridge and we knew something was up. It’s pretty traumatic. It’s pretty horrific. There’s an imagery in that that will probably never leave me. It’s very hard to digest a scene like that. I’d say it takes years. I’m not sure you ever really make sense of it.

Linda Allen told us about the day her son took his own life.

Gay marriage referendum Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

I came out in school in my final year. I had been bullied in school. Some people had called me gay without even knowing I was gay. There was really bad abuse. There would be comments in the classroom and the teachers wouldn’t do anything about it. It was very hostile and stressful. But I wasn’t lonely.

Patrick Dempsey wrote about the gravity of last year’s same-sex marriage referendum.

Source: Alysha Tsuji/YouTube

I thought ‘what the heck, I’m gonna try a piece, it looks good.

Professional tennis player Serena Williams speaking about dog food.

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