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'New politics, my arse': The week in quotes

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

Image: Sam Boal/


Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?

Dubliner Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, hit out at the Syrian government and its allies.

17/9/2014. Dail Scenes Source: Sam Boal/

New politics, my arse.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on a row between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil over proposed mortgage rules.


Ye’d be dancing around the Christmas table with the turkey in your hand and you might spill the cranberry if you’re not careful.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath spoke passionately about promoting Irish music, in particular a band called Caladh Nua.

16/12/2016. A 58 year old GP Bernadette Scully fro Source:

Our struggle is mirrored in the lives of so many people in similar situations in Ireland. Like me, very many parents and carers of children, who are disabled, struggle on a daily basis to get access to services and support systems, which very often are simply not there.

Bernadette Scully used her post-verdict statement to highlight the absence of services for people with disabilities and to urge those in danger of self harming to reach out for help.

A tweet from Bana Alabed, a seven-year-old living in Aleppo.

Arlene Foster Interview Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

I was ordered to appear in front of the First Minister. In the strongest terms possible, both in volume and force, Arlene Foster overruled me and told me to keep the scheme open.

A former Northern Ireland Minister has claimed that First Minister Arlene Foster reacted hostilely to news that a government energy scheme was being abused, and refused to shut it down.

Campaign 2016 Trump Jobs Kickback Claims Source: Mark Lennihan/PA Wire

It was a culinary marvel lightyears beyond the rich-man slop we ate at the Trump Grill weeks after the election.

A line from the Vanity Fair review of Trump Grill in Trump Tower that – you guessed it – Donald Trump wasn’t too impressed with.

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