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'The real people of Ireland care': The week in quotes

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


We’re going to keep escalating our tactics until we get a date for the referendum.

Strike4Repeal organiser Aoife Frances on how the movement, who is calling for the Eighth Amendment to be repealed, isn’t going away anytime soon.


The real people of Ireland care.

Vera Twomey, who walked from Cork to Dublin in a battle to access a cannabis-based oil that could help alleviate her daughter’s debilitating seizures.

Criminal Courts of Justice Source: PA Archive/PA Images

Justice for Daniel.

There were shouts of this in court this week as Richard Dekker was found guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie.

Probe into mother and baby homes Source: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

I really believe they have to be under that as well. There are bodies there, in coffins, from what I gather from the research I’ve done.

Historian Catherine Corless on how she believes more remains are buried under a playground adjacent to the Tuam mother and baby home mass grave.

JOHN Halligan has called on the gardaí to question the surviving Bon Secour nuns who worked in the Tuam mother and baby home. Source: Sam Boal/

Age should not diminish responsibility.

Junior Minister John Halligan, who called for gardaí to speak to Bon Secour nuns over Tuam burial site.

Irish unemployment figures Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

I find this hugely disappointing and massively frustrating, that the organisations responsible for protecting children and managing the institutions in which these horrendous acts took place would apparently place so little value on that responsibility

Minister for Education Richard Bruton condemned religious organisations for failing to help meet the costs of residential institutional child abuse.

PastedImage-67022 Source: Screenshot via Max Arnita/YouTube

The claim to unite Ireland is tenuous since Ireland itself has a tenuous claim to nationhood.

Comments by Melanie Phillips in the Times of London were condemned by the Irish ambassador to the United Kingdom.

90261344_90261344 Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

I am republican, but Beyoncé is the only queen I have time for. Of course I like Beyoncé. If I had to pick just one (which is unfair) it would be “Irreplaceable.” Apart from the general good advice from Beyoncé that we should move “to the left, to the left,” it would behove us all as elected members of the Dáil that we should never for a second get to thinking we’re irreplaceable. That said, I always felt “Bills, Bills, Bills” from Beyoncé’s days in Destiny’s Child was a good allegory for what has faced the Irish working class. Enda Kenny really is a good for nothin’ type of brother.

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien’s response to a survey of politicians on their views of Beyoncé.

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