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“No bed should be closed be­cause peo­ple are on leave. The emer­gency depart­ment and med­i­cal con­sul­tants should be there. The sur­geons can take their hol­i­days dur­ing that pe­riod be­cause op­er­a­tions get can­celled any­way. So it’s a ques­tion of meet­ing peak de­mand with peak re­sources. That’s the norm across in­dus­tries. It’s the norm across ser­vices. It should be the norm in the health ser­vice as well.” Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar dou­bles down on his de­mand for health chiefs to re­work their ros­ters amid fears that the coun­try is on the verge of its worst ever trol­ley cri­sis.

“He pushed bound­aries from a place of deep knowl­edge and re­spect for the tra­di­tion, ex­plor­ing ways to ex­press the in­tri­ca­cies of the art form in both lan­guage and per­for­mance.” State­ment from the Ir­ish Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Ar­chive on the magic of Micheal O Suil­leab­hain’s work.

“If you look into your heart and body and you find you are car­ry­ing this talent and you have the pas­sion to go with it, you have to fol­low your heart, your in­stinct.” Last year, Micheal O Suil­leab­hain talked about what aspir­ing mu­si­cians had to do to be heard.

“They were staunch to the end against odds un­counted... We will re­mem­ber them.” The mes­sage left by Bri­tish PM Theresa May on the rest­ing place at Mons of Pri­vate Ge­orge El­li­son of the Royal Ir­ish Lancers, who died on the Western Front — the last Bri­tish and Ir­ish sol­dier to be killed in World War I.

“It has be­come in­creas­ingly clear to me that the With­drawal Agree­ment, which is be­ing fi­nalised in Brus­sels and White­hall even as I write, will be a ter­ri­ble mis­take.” Ex-Trans­port Min­is­ter Jo John­son, brother of Boris, on his res­ig­na­tion from the Bri­tish Govern­ment over Brexit.

“Our ad­dic­tion to the mo­tor ve­hi­cle has made our cities traf­fic sew­ers, made us asth­matic, fat and an­gry, and made our planet suf­fer. We should not be cel­e­brat­ing a form of trans­port that kills 1,700 peo­ple a year.” Broad­caster Jeremy Vine wants the BBC to re­name its Driv­e­time pro­gramme.

“I’m a pretty bad ac­tress when I’m play­ing any­one but my­self.” Co­me­dian Kather­ine Ryan, who is to play a prob­lem­atic mother in a new TV se­ries.

“I took the fast lane all of my life, I’ve been a bad girl, I’ve been a good wife. I don’t stop to think, when I go in, I go in.” Pop star Cheryl in her come­back song.

“To any of the pun­dits or talk­ing heads that do not give us proper credit for this great midterm elec­tion, just re­mem­ber two words. FAKE NEWS!” US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump.

“I was lit­er­ally hang­ing on to one handrail and over my right shoul­der was just the rest of the universe. It’s very, very black, very in­tim­i­dat­ing but re­ally in­cred­i­ble.” As­tro­naut Tim Peake de­scribes walk­ing on “the fur­thest edge of the space sta­tion”.

“I had no lines, but like film di­rec­tor Al­fred Hitch­cock in his many cameo ap­pear­ances, my right eye­brow was over-act­ing ap­pallingly.” Lord (Michael) Dobbs, cre­ator of House of Cards, who has a cameo role in a new film.

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