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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C
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Funerals without corpses and rolling around in sugar: The week in quotes
“I’m not sure if I’m able to turn the poison chalice into sweet wine.”

IT WAS A week when the Government carried out a major Cabinet reshuffle.

GarthGate rumbled on, and George Clooney lambasted the Dail Mail.

All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes:

New Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

This, to me, is like a funeral without a corpse. There’s a sadness throughout the nation.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke was hit particular hard by Garth Brooks’ withdrawal from his five Croke Park gigs.

Hugh O'Connell / YouTube

Mr Brooks has already confirmed he’s not coming. He’s not coming. There will be no concerts at all now. None.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was fairly certain of what of the outcome of the saga will be.

Nashville Songwriters AP Photo / Mark Humphrey AP Photo / Mark Humphrey / Mark Humphrey

If the prime minister himself wants to talk to me I will crawl, swim, fly over to him. I will drop on my knees just to let those 400,000 people see me.

Garth’s heart was, as you would expect, achy and breakin’ over the whole debacle.

US Womens Open Golf AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

I felt like a doughnut fresh out of the fryer, rolling around in the sugar.

Golfer Michelle Wie’s thoughts on being a Major winner. You want a doughtnut now, right?

Minister of Health Leo Varadkar Press Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

I’m not sure if I’m able to turn the poison chalice into sweet wine

Newly appointed Minister for Health Leo Varadkar seemed very aware of the mammoth task he now faces.

Brazil Soccer WCup AP Photo / Leo Correa AP Photo / Leo Correa / Leo Correa

I think it was the worst day of my life… I will be remembered as the coach to lose 7-1, but I knew that risk when I took the job and life goes on so that is what I am going to do.

Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari had a positive take on his team’s massive Word Cup loss to Germany.

George Clooney testifies before Congress on Sudan - Washington AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

This lie involves larger issues. The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately danger.

ESB And Vodafone Fibre Broadband Sam Boal Sam Boal

If you’re deemed too old to serve at Cabinet at this juncture, it causes you to look at things thorough a different prism.

Former Minister Pat Rabbitte was uncertain about his future in politics after he was dropped from Cabinet.

Funeral for Leicester fire death family Brian Lawless / PA Wire Brian Lawless / PA Wire / PA Wire

At the end of the day the individual might turn back and feel guilty and may become a good person. God only know what happens to each individual person.

Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar said he doesn’t hate the people who killed his family in an arson attack in the United Kingdom last year.
File Pics THE SIMON COMMUNITY says it recorded an 88 per cent increase in the number of people bedding down in Dublins inner city area between July and September this year, compared the the same period in 2012. Graham Hughes / Photocall Ireland! Graham Hughes / Photocall Ireland! / Photocall Ireland!

Since November, we’ve seen a 100% rise in the figures. People are talking about a tsunami coming in a year, or two years. It’s here, the tsunami has already arrived.

Anthony Flynn of Inner City Helping Homeless said that the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin had reached another all-time high.

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