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'Many of my friends might still be alive': The week in quotes

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

26/4/2016. Cabinet Meetings Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Neither has he set out his legislative priorities nor his departmental priorities that he said he would do in September – we are now heading into December. That is not done yet. He seems to believe it is best to have distraction, so he is now Trumpesque-like and shown us that if you point to someone else’s issues that you can distract from your own.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin hit out against Sports and Transport Minister Shane Ross for avoiding his own portfolio issues and criticising others.

Susan Denham addresses Law Society Source: Julien Behal/PA Wire

In our democracy the three great pillars of State – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary – derive their powers from the people. It is a fundamental principle, that each of the great organs of State owes respect to the other. Inaccurate discussion and misrepresentation of the position of the judiciary has been a feature of recent public discourse.

Chief Justice Susan Denham also wasn’t too impressed with Ross’s comments on the judiciary.

davy-glennon Source: Claire Byrne Live/RTÉ

My life was turned into a gambling rut, and I couldn’t get out… There were so many lows. I isolated myself. I became a compulsive liar.

The government was urged to move forward on long-awaited gambling legislation after the issue was highlighted last night by Galway hurler, Davy Glennon.

New Zealand Earthquake Source: Ross Setford/PA Wire

The fear that I felt almost six years ago came back.

Junko Murata, a resident of Minamisoma in Japan, on this week’s earthquake and following tsunami warning.

All rights reserved. Source: Peter Varga

If supervised injecting facilities had been open sooner, my health would not be as bad as it is now, many of my friends might still be alive and maybe we’d all be off of drugs too? Who knows, but I know I wish it wasn’t like this – we need help.

Aidan, an Ana Liffey Drug Project service user, spoke to Humans of Dublin for a new project focused on those affected by drug use.

Trump LA Mayor Source: Carolyn Kaster/PA Wire

I don’t want to energize the group. I’m not looking to energize them. I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. They, again, I don’t know if it’s reporting or whatever. I don’t know where they were four years ago, and where they were for Romney and McCain and all of the other people that ran, so I just don’t know, I had nothing to compare it to. But it’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why.

US president-elect Donald Trump speaking to The New York Times on the rise of the alt-right.

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Dublin West by-election Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the Taoiseach sent a gushing tweet over the weekend in which he said Mr Pence certainly knows Ireland and the issues that matter to Irish people. Last year, Irish people turned out in droves for the same-sex marriage referendum. Vice President-elect Pence is bitterly opposed to same-sex marriage and has argued, for example, that resources should be provided for conversion therapy to assist those seeking to change their sexual behaviour. How is that in accordance with the views of Irish people?

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of a “gushing” response to the election of Donald Trump and his vice-president Mike Pence.

General Views of Melbourne Source: David Jensen/AP

It was like having 150 bombs going off right across a particular part of metropolitan Melbourne.

Australia’s Victorian state Health Minister Jill Hennessy on a “thunderstorm asthma” event that left four dead and caused thousands to present at emergency departments.

28/7/2014. Dublin Aerial Views Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Dublin doesn’t like height and Dublin doesn’t like innovation.

Stephen McNally, chief executive of Ireland’s largest hotel operator Dalata, on building height restrictions imposed by Dublin City Council.

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