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'That this is happening in 2017 is absolutely disgraceful, incredible, immoral': The week in quotes

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

Empty hospital beds in a corridor. Photo Photocall

In the Emergency Department there’s trolleys everywhere – all along the walls and corridors. I’ve overheard staff saying a number of times amongst each other, ‘We’ve over 100 patients – how are we going to get through them?’ There’s people waiting over 15 hours. It’s just jam-packed.

The view of one person at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, speaking to Morning Ireland.

1916 Easter Rising commemoration Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

That this is happening in 2017 is absolutely disgraceful, incredible and immoral.

Labour TD Alan Kelly on emergency department overcrowding.


I don’t want to be troubling my family with this – I need to speak to a professional. The first service I spoke to asked was I in immediate danger – which I’m not. It got me thinking that there’s a mindset out there that is that if you need a counsellor you’re in immediate danger, but there’s a lot of people out there who aren’t. But if they have to wait three, four, five months they will be.

Cork singer Darragh McGann said that he has been unable to find counselling to help him cope with an MS diagnosis.

Turkey Attack Source: Emrah Gurel/PA Wire

I was just trying to calm the people around me, so the shooters wouldn’t notice us. Because I thought at the time that there had to more than one. I would never have imagined that one person could do so much.

The words of 23-year-old Yussuf Kodat on surviving the terror attack at a nightclub in Istanbul.

South Carolina Uneasy 2016 Source: AP/Press Association Images

There’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.

Dylann Roof, the self-described white supremacist who gunned down nine black churchgoers in a South Carolina church, offered no apology or motive for his actions as a jury began considering whether to sentence him to death.

New Congress Source: Kevin Wolf/PA Wire

Grow up Donald, grow up, time to be an adult, you’re president.

US Vice-President Joe Biden on President Elect Donald Trump’s carry on.

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Bernie Sanders also wasn’t too impressed with Trump.

Queen honours Page of Chambers Source: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you.
That’s quite alright. Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.

An exclamation from a guardsman at Buckingham Palace after encountering Queen Elizabeth on a late night walk, and the Queen’s measured response.

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