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'This is just a little pit stop': The week in quotes

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


America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

President of the United States Donald Trump set out his vision for his presidency in his inaugural speech.

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This is just a little pit stop.

Barack Obama retained a positive focus on the next four years under President Trump.


I always knew it would always turn back to the way it was … which is nice too.

Ollie Hayes, the man who served Obama a pint of Guinness, told us about life in the town several years on from the presidential visit.


The whole street is dying and we’re all struggling.

Moore Street trader Marie Cullen spoke about work on the street is affecting business.

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It is clear that many adults who, in the place of parents, were meant to provide love and care to children, failed in a catastrophic manner to protect and nurture their precious charges.

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly on a report on ‘widespread abuse’ at Catholic-run children’s homes across Northern Ireland.

Martin McGuinness steps down from elected politics Source: PA Wire/PA Images

We must continue to move forward. Dialogue is the only option.

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness announced he was stepping down from politics.

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I think it’s important to reflect on the fact that we would not be where we are in Northern Ireland in terms of having stability, peace and the opportunity to rebuild our country if it hadn’t have been for the work that he put in, especially with my father, at the beginning of this long journey.

A tribute to McGuinness came from an unlikely source – Ian Paisley Jr.


For daddy, nothing will change, we can’t turn back time.

Dee Fitzpatrick, the daughter of one of the 13 patients at Wexford General Hospital who probably had a bowel cancer misdiagnosis, spoke what her family went through during the investigation.

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