COMMENTS ARE PART of the lifeblood of the site.
Whether they make you laugh, roll your eyes, punch the keyboard, nod your head or just think about something in a different way, the reaction from readers is an integral part of the news stories that we publish.
As you’ll see from the list below, a lot of the articles which got the most comments this year were – unsurprisingly – on topical news issues which people felt strongly about. Same-sex marriage makes the list, with abortion, vaccinations and a united Ireland all getting provoking a vocal reaction from readers too.
So without further ado, here’s the 10 articles which received the most comments this year as of 20 December. Keep an eye out for later this week when we’ll be publishing the comments which got the most thumbs up from other readers. That’s going to be fun…
(Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
(Niall Carson/PA Wire)
(Dublin Welfare Society)
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(Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
(Julian Behal/PA Wire)