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The 10 most read stories on this year

The general election, shootings in Dublin, Pat Hickey – these are the stories you read this year.

THE LIST OF the most-read stories on throws up some interesting nuggets every year, and 2016 was no exception.

The focus this year was almost entirely on breaking news – the attacks on Brussels and the Florida gay nightclub, Dublin drug gang-related killings, and the general election.

Interestingly the two most seismic political events of the year, the Brexit referendum and the triumph of Donald Trump in the US general election, did not make an appearance in the ten.

Here’s the list in full:

1. THE WINNERS: These are all the TDs that have been elected

Views: 402,112

What’s it about? Our guide to the members of the new Dáil was updated with the election of each TD on count day (and the days that followed).

27/2/2016. General Election 2016 - Counting of Vot Source: Sam Boal

2. 16-year-old faces charge for having consensual sex with girl the same age as him 

Views: 376,751

What’s it about? A case that was before Naas District Court in March.

naas Naas Courthouse Source: Google Streetview

3. Retaliation: Eddie Hutch, brother of ‘The Monk’, shot dead in Dublin city

Views: 327,642

What’s it about? The shooting of Eddie Hutch in Dublin’s north inner city in February.

4. Liveblog: Bad news for Government TDs as votes counted across the country

Views: 319,324

What’s it about? This was our liveblog from the early part of count day after the general election.

11/1/2016 General Elections Campaigns Source: Mark Stedman

5. As it happened: At least 34 dead as Islamic State claims attack on Brussels 

Views: 290,755

What’s it about? The March terror attacks at a train station and airport in Brussels.

Belgium Attacks Source: AP/Press Association Images

6. Pat Hickey will spend night in Rio hospital as police arrest him over Olympic ticket scandal

Views: 258,823

What’s it about? The arrest in Brazil of Irish Olympics boss Pat Hickey.

pat3 Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

7. One dead and two injured as men in disguise attack Dublin hotel 

Views: 252,411

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What’s it about? The shooting at the Regency Hotel in February of this year that sparked a surge in gang-related violence.

5/2/2016. Regency Hotel Shootings Crime Scenes Source: Sasko Lazarov

8. Attack at Florida gay nightclub worst mass shooting in US history: 50 dead and 53 injured

Views: 239,222

What’s it about? The June mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Nightclub Shooting Florida Source: John Raoux

9. Two men killed in separate shootings in Dublin

Views: 236,197

What’s it about? Fatal (apparently unrelated) gun attacks in Dublin’s north inner city and the western suburb of Clondalkin.

26/4/2016. Gangland Shootings Murders Source:

10. WHERE IT’S AT: Neck and neck between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as counts go through the night

Views: 227,166

What’s it about? This was our election liveblog from the night of the general election – covering the hours from just before 7pm to after 3am.

Irish general election Source: PA Archive/PA Images

And just for comparison: The 10 most read stories on in 2015 >

Also: The 10 most read stories on in 2014 >

About the author:

Daragh Brophy

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