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The lowest moment of 2017? Liveline listeners say it was the treatment of garda whistleblowers

Liveline listeners have had their say on the highs and the lows of the past year.

RTÉ LIVELINE LISTENERS have had their say on what were the highs and lows of 2017.

Voting on the highest and lowest moments of the past year, their text poll revealed some interesting results.

Giving the results with a health warning, presenter Joe Duffy said they tend not to measure one tragedy against another, which is why homelessness was not included in the poll this year.

Had it been included, Duffy says there is no doubt that homelessness would be number one number one, stating that it is a low point for so many people.

Here are the results:

Lows of 2017

10. Traffic jams

XMAS TRAFFIC CHAOS 758A2156_90532810 Source: Eamonn Farrell

9. France wins the Rugby World Cup bid 

90434446_90434446 Source: Sam Boal

8. Ireland 1 – Denmark 5

9906 Danish fans_90529283 Nicolai Tobias in Temple Bar ahead of the Ireland vs Denmark football game Source: Leah Farrell

7. Conor McGregor in court 

Conor McGregor court case Conor McGregor leaving Blanchardstown District Court Source: Niall Carson

6. Halligan, Ross and McGrath’s jaunt to North Korea (that never was)

Government crisis Members of the Independence Alliance Source:

5. Tracker mortgage scandal 

24/10/2017 Bankers Called To Minister For Finance over Tracker Mortgage Controversies Ulster Bank Chief Executive Gerry Mallon arriving the Department of Finance after being called to the Department of Finance over the tracker mortgage issues.

4. Donald Trump 

Review of the Year 2017 US President Donald Trump on St Patrick's Day Source: Niall Carson

3. Brexit begins 

Review of the Year 2017 UK Prime Minister Theresa Ma Source: Steve Parsons

2. Rip off Ireland

Holiday Season in Ireland Christmas shoppers on Grafton Street Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

1. The treatment of Garda whistleblowers 

File Photo Taoiseach Leo Varadkar praises Garda Maurice McCabe on the Marian Finucane on her radio show today. ENDS. Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe Source: Laura Hutton

Highs of 2017

10. Saoirse Ronan’s success

90397800_90397800 Saoirse Ronan Source:

9. The rise of Conor McGregor 

2017 Christmas Package Conor McGregor during the weigh in at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. Source: PA Wire

8. New Luas line 

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7. Late Late Toy Show 

LATE LATE TOY SHOW 622_90530736 Newt Lexi Byrne (4) Carlow and Host Ryan Tubridy Source: Sam Boal

6. Ibrahim Halawa’s homecoming 

ibriham 026_90527443 Ibrahim Halawa returns to Dublin Source: Sam Boal

5. Met Eireann during Storm Ophelia 

original (7) Source: PA Wire/PA Images

4. Kate Taylor World Champ

York Hall Boxing Katie Taylor celebrates victory over Jessica McCaskill Source: Tim Goode

3. The #MeToo Movement 

UPI 20171113 #MeToo Survivors' March in response to several high-profile sexual harassment scandals Source: UPI/PA Images

2. Government’s Brexit Negotiations

Dublin: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launches Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

1. Jadotville soldiers get their medals 

JADOTVILLE MEDALS II2A1155_90530916 Source: Eamonn Farrell


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