Pains in the bum and enormous courage The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A week when the Seanad was recalled to discuss the crisis in Gaza.Awful weather hit some parts of the country, and former Fianna Fáil minister Ivor Calley was sentenced.All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes: Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland I can’t think of very many positions where one can simply request, on the back of such a devastatingly incisive report, that one can simply request to be moved to somewhere else.Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald wasn’t sure if her former secretary general Brian Purcell will be reassigned to in the civil service, following a damning report by an independent review group which found the department had a “closed, secretive and silo driven culture”. Source: Youtube ScreengrabWell, I’d prefer if the United Nations started shelling Israel.A Sinn Féin councillor, John Hearne, said he believed the United Nations should start shelling Israel in order to persuade its government to return to the talks table. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThe tat is a bit smaller than the tit.Senator David Norris’ response to Fine Gael’s Paul Coghlan calling the Israel-Gaza conflict “tit-for-tat”. Source: Channel 4 News/YouTubeWhat I never knew, is what I know that, which is that those people who live in Gaza are mainly the unbelievably young.Jon Snow spoke of the ‘images etched’ in his mind after his visit to Gaza. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThis conduct is never acceptable, it is never acceptable. People who indulge in this conduct should be dealt with by the law.Fianna Fail’s Willie O’Dea said he can’t imagine that Ivor Calley, jailed earlier this week, will ever be readmitted to the party. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandWe want to live in a country that treats everyone with respect… the way we treat asylum seekers and people in the system says a lot about us as a country.Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin spoke of the need to reform Ireland’s system of direct provision. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandI hate missing these things, but it’s a right pain in the bum, and it’s an awful day for it.One Senator was willing to come back to Dublin for the recall, but wasn’t too happy with the date. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandShe has shown enormous courage in staying the course of the criminal justice system. She had to wait 4 years for this day. She had to endure a full court case as Anthony Lyons pleaded not guilty and mounted a defence for the crime he committed against herEllen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive of the DRCC, said the re-sentencing of Anthony Lyons (pictured) for a 2010 sexual assault is a “significant societal marker”, and praised the bravery of the victim.last_img read more